Definition of Sunday in English:

Sunday

Line breaks: Sun¦day
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌndeɪ
 
, -di/

noun

  • 1The day of the week before Monday and following Saturday, observed by Christians as a day of rest and religious worship and (together with Saturday) forming part of the weekend: they left town on Sunday the Sunday before last many people work on Sundays [as modifier]: Sunday evening Sunday lunch
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    • On Sunday night there had been a long group discussion about what makes a great trainer.
    • Mr Haigh said a couple had knocked on his door on Sunday evening asking him if he had lost a camera.
    • On Sunday, the second in the series of car boot sales at Gigg Lane was a resounding success.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 (the Sundays) British informal The newspapers published each Sunday: she wrote human-interest pieces for the Sundays
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    • An avid reader he keeps up with current affairs by always reading the daily newspaper, the Sundays and, of course, the local papers.
    • With all the previous week's news digested, the Sundays have to offer something new to entice readers to the read the glossy adverts.
    • Both Rangers and Celtic give Friday press conferences at which different players are put up for the daily papers and the Sundays.

adverb

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  • 1On Sunday: the concert will be held Sunday
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    • All festival events, activities and contests still will take place Sunday at the same times they had been scheduled for today.
    • Children’s multiethnic dance performances will be presented tonight and Saturday, and professional dance teams from Latin America, the Middle East, Spain, Russia, Armenia and the U.S. will appear Sunday.
    • Three players on the Air Force women's tennis team wrapped up play Sunday at the CU Invitational in Boulder, Colorado.
  • 1.1 (Sundays) On Sundays; each Sunday: the programme is repeated Sundays at 9 p.m.
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    • Services take place Sundays at 1:30 pm in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    • Although there is every possibility that folks will be bored and want to play odd games, the regular, reliable game will be Sundays at 4pm.
    • During the school year I work Saturdays, so I have to play Sundays.

Origin

Old English Sunnandæg 'day of the sun', translation of Latin dies solis. Compare with Dutch zondag and German Sonntag.

Our names for days of the week are based on translations of Latin terms: days of the week in ancient Rome were named after the planets, a category which at that time was considered to include the sun and moon (after which Monday was named)

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