a day for relaxation or for participation in sports contests; a holiday.

Origin of playday

First recorded in 1595–1605; play + day Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for play-day

Historical Examples of play-day

  • Had they ended so miserably as did this play-day with Jeanne?

  • Often she interposed in their behalf that their tasks might be lightened, or that a play-day might be allowed them.


    John S. C. Abbott

  • It had been no play-day spurt, but a practical business effort.

  • Even when Sam an me was married we didnt stop fur no play-day.

    The Turn of the Tide

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • But, with all this, it was no play-day life that Mrs. Isabella had led.

    Between Whiles

    Helen Hunt Jackson

Word Origin and History for play-day

c.1600, from play + day.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper