[ tuh-dey ]
/ təˈdeɪ /


this present day: Today is beautiful.
this present time or age: the world of today.


on this present day: I will do it today.
at the present time; in these days: Today you seldom see horses.


Informal. of the present era; up-to-date: the today look in clothing styles.

Nearby words

  1. tocopilla,
  2. tocqueville,
  3. tocqueville, alexis de,
  4. tocsin,
  5. tod,
  6. todd,
  7. todd's paralysis,
  8. toddle,
  9. toddler,
  10. toddlerhood

Origin of today

before 900; Middle English; Old English tō dæg. See to, day Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for today

British Dictionary definitions for today


/ (təˈdeɪ) /


this day, as distinct from yesterday or tomorrow
the present agechildren of today


during or on this day

Word Origin for today

Old English tō dæge, literally: on this day, from to + dæge, dative of dæg day

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Word Origin and History for today



Old English todæge, to dæge "on (the) day," from to "at, on" (see to) + dæge, dative of dæg "day" (see day). Generally written as two words until 16c., after which it usually was written to-day until early 20c.

Similar constructions exist in other Germanic languages (cf. Dutch van daag "from-day," Danish and Swedish i dag "in day"). German heute is from Old High German hiutu, from Proto-Germanic *hiu tagu "on (this) day," with first element from PIE pronomial stem *ki-, represented by Latin cis "on this side."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with today


see here today, gone tomorrow.

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