working day

Save This Word!

the amount of time that a worker must work for an agreed daily wage.
a day ordinarily given to working (distinguished from holiday).
the daily period of hours for working.
Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Origin of working day

First recorded in 1525–35

Other definitions for working day (2 of 2)

[ wur-king-dey ]
/ ˈwɜr kɪŋˌdeɪ /

workaday; everyday.

Origin of working-day

First recorded in 1470–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022


What does working day mean?

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

The word workday means the same thing as working day, and workweek means the same thing as working week. Workday and workweek are much more commonly used in the U.S. and Canada.

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 working days. In this sense, workweek refers to all the time spent working in a week, and a working day refers to the hours spent working in a day.

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

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

Example: My working day 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 working day come from?

The term working day has been used since at least the 1500s.

Many workers associate the working day with the eight or so hours they have to work five days a week, but the eight-hour working day and the 40-hour workweek are relatively new concepts. In earlier times, it was common for standard working days to be 12 hours more.

Did you know ... ?

What are some synonyms for working day?

What are some words that share a root or word element with working day

What are some words that often get used in discussing working day?

How is working day used in real life?

A full-time working week commonly consists of five eight-hour working days, but a working day can refer to any day—or part of a day—during which a person works. The word workday means the same thing and is much more commonly used in the U.S. and Canada.



Try using working day!

Is working day used correctly in the following sentence? 

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

How to use working day in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for working day

working day

esp US workday

a day on which work is done, esp for an agreed or stipulated number of hours in return for a salary or wage
the part of the day allocated to worka seven-hour working day
(often plural) commerce any day of the week except Sunday, public holidays, and, in some cases, Saturday
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012