- a day devoted to outdoor sports or athletic contests, as at a school.
- an outdoor gathering; outing; picnic.
- a day for military exercises and display.
- an occasion or opportunity for unrestricted activity, amusement, etc.: The children had a field day with their new skateboards.
Origin of field day
Related Words for field daypleasure, enjoyment, diversion, relaxation, fun, hobby, amusement, binge, orgy, rampage, celebration, humor, satire, farce, sitcom, pastime, distraction, fair, feast, anniversary
Examples from the Web for field day
Historical Examples of field day
We'll have you out, Master Joe, and give you a field-day to-morrow,' said the old man.Lord Kilgobbin
They were both arrayed in their field-day splendors on this occasion.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
He had an eye to a field-day; I had an eye to actual service.
What a delightful thing it is to be present at a field-day in King Street.Chats in the Book-Room
Horace N. Pym
Moreover, to accompany Gatacre on a field-day was a lesson in horsemanship.General Gatacre
- a day spent in some special outdoor activity, such as nature study or sport
- a day-long competition between amateur radio operators using battery or generator power, the aim being to make the most contacts with other operators around the world
- military a day devoted to manoeuvres or exercises, esp before an audience
- informal a day or time of exciting or successful activitythe children had a field day with their new toys
- a day or series of days devoted to the demonstration of farm machinery in country centres
- a combined open day and sale on a stud property
1747, originally a day of military exercise and review (see field (v.)); figurative sense is from 1827.
A time of great pleasure, activity, or opportunity, as in The press had a field day with this sensational murder trial. This colloquial expression, dating from the 1700s, originally referred to a day set aside for military maneuvers and exercises, and later was extended to a similar day for sports and games. Since the early 1800s it has been used more loosely.