of, done, occurring, or issued each day or each weekday: daily attendance; a daily newspaper.
computed or measured by the day: daily quota; a daily wage.

noun, plural dai·lies.

a newspaper appearing each day or each weekday.
dailies, Movies. a series of hastily printed shots from the previous day's shooting, selected by the director to be viewed for possible inclusion in the final version of the film; rushes.
  1. a nonresident servant who comes to work every day; a permanently employed servant who sleeps out.
  2. a person employed to do cleaning or other household work by the day.


every day; day by day: She phoned the hospital daily.

Origin of daily

before 1000; late Middle English; Old English dæglīc. See day, -ly
Related formsdai·li·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for daily

Contemporary Examples of daily

Historical Examples of daily

  • Men who take from the poor daily interest for a drachma, and spend it in debauchery.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Everything that you have been asserting Hope's daily life disproves.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • For months I had received daily and hourly the most signal benefits from his hands.

  • The daily proceedings of Congress at Washington are discussed in Japan.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • In his dressing room he kept a large open bible in which he daily read.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

British Dictionary definitions for daily



of or occurring every day or every weekdaya daily paper
earn one's daily bread to earn one's living
the daily round the usual activities of one's day

noun plural -lies

a daily publication, esp a newspaper
Also called: daily help British another name for a charwoman


every day
constantly; often

Word Origin for daily

Old English dæglīc; see day, -ly 1
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Word Origin and History for daily

Old English dæglic (see day). This form is known from compounds: twadæglic "happening once in two days," þreodæglic "happening once in three days;" the more usual Old English word was dæghwamlic, also dægehwelc. Cognate with German täglich.

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