good day


a conventional expression used at meeting or parting during the daytime.

Origin of good day

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for good day

Historical Examples of good day

  • Everyone he met gave him "Good-day," after the friendly custom of the country.

  • I must thank you for a very amusing afternoon, and bid you good-day.

  • He was obliged to Monsieur, the ticket-seller, and wished him good-day.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • "Good-day to you, and much obliged," and they mounted and disappeared.

  • Good-day, Mr. Gold, and thank you very much for being so good as to think of me.

    Aunt Rachel

    David Christie Murray

British Dictionary definitions for good day

good day

sentence substitute

a conventional expression of greeting or farewell used during the day
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Word Origin and History for good day

salutation, late 14c., short for have a good day (c.1200). Good morning is c.1400, gode morwene. Good night, also goodnight, is late 14c.; as an exclamation of surprise, from 1893.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with good day

good day

Also, good afternoon or evening or morning. Formal ways of saying “Hello” or “Goodbye.” For example, He began rather oddly by addressing the audience withGood day,” or “Good afternoon, ladies,” said the sales clerk as we walked out. All these greetings represent an abbreviation of the now obsolete God give you a good day (afternoon, etc.), which dates from about 1200. Also see good night.

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