the day on which wages are given, payment is made, etc.
Informal. a day or period during which a great deal of money, success, fame, etc., is won or obtained: Payday came when she was given a screen test by a big Hollywood studio.

Origin of payday

First recorded in 1520–30; pay1 + day Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the day on which wages or salaries are paid
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Word Origin and History for payday

also pay-day, 1520s, from pay (n.) + day.

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