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workday

[ wurk-dey ]
/ ˈwɜrkˌdeɪ /
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noun

a day on which work is done; working day.
the part of a day during which one works.
the length of time during a day on which one works: a seven-hour workday.

adjective

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Origin of workday

1400–50; late Middle English werkday,Old English weorcdæg.See work, day
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What does workday mean?

A workday is any day that you work. Most commonly, workday refers to one of the days in the workweek, the span of (often five) days that are not the weekend and when many people work.

The standard workweek is from Monday through Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being considered the weekend, though working schedules vary widely. Many full-time jobs involve a 40-hour workweek consisting of five eight-hour workdays. In this sense, workweek refers to all the time spent working in a week, and a workday refers to the hours spent working in a day.

Workday sometimes refers just to the part of the day that you work, as in After the workday, I like to unwind by taking a walk around the lake before I go home for the night. 

The word workday is sometimes used to distinguish it from other nonwork days during a certain period, as in My vacation is 11 days away—and only eight workdays!

The workweek can also be called the working week, and a workday can also be called a working day.

Workday is sometimes used as an adjective meaning commonplace, ordinary, or everyday, as in It has average, workday features—nothing special. The variant workaday is more commonly used to mean the same thing.

Example: My workday consists of catching up on emails for the first hour or so, and then I’m in meetings for several hours, leaving me an hour or two to get some actual work done.

Where does workday come from?

The word workday has been used since at least the 1300s.

Many workers associate the workday with the eight or so hours they have to work five days a week, but the eight-hour workday and the 40-hour workweek are relatively new concepts. In fact, some of the first recorded references to the term workweek discuss a 60-hour workweek consisting of six, 10-hour workdays—for children. And this was considered an improvement over previous working conditions.

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How is workday used in real life?

A full-time workweek commonly consists of five eight-hour workdays, but a workday can refer to any day—or part of a day—during which a person works.

 

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Is workday used correctly in the following sentence? 

Sometimes my workday extends into the night—I need to remind myself to take a break.

British Dictionary definitions for workday

workday
/ (ˈwɜːkˌdeɪ) /

noun

the usual US term for working day

adjective

another word for workaday
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