Definition of heyday in English:



usually one's heyday
  • The period of a person's or thing's greatest success, popularity, activity, or vigour.

    ‘the paper has lost millions of readers since its heyday in 1964’
    • ‘In Fangio's heyday in the early years of the championship, survival was as notable as performance.’
    • ‘But despite yesterday's good news, the heyday of mining in Yorkshire has well and truly passed.’
    • ‘It was a salutary lesson for the woman who, in her heyday, had spent 209 weeks as the world No.1.’
    • ‘I understand the feelings of loss among those who have fond memories of the Odeon in its heyday of the Thirties and Forties.’
    • ‘In its heyday it was selling 700,000 cases a year, but that figure has now halved amid declining sales.’
    • ‘The picture quality ranges from sharp and clear interview footage shot recently to soft and grainy footage from the band's heyday.’
    • ‘Each track sounds like it comes from Motown Records in its '70s heyday.’
    • ‘In his heyday he was also an excellent marksman and didn't need much help from the dogs when it came to finding birds.’
    • ‘In its heyday, it was one of the best motor dealers in all of county Sligo.’
    • ‘Over three million people walked through its door every year in its heyday before the war.’
    • ‘In their heyday, before the Second World War, there were more than 80,000 geisha in Japan.’
    • ‘In its heyday, only 30 years ago, just under 1,000 trawlers operated from the port.’
    • ‘You have to go back 10 years, to the heyday of Radio 1, to find a station with a bigger audience.’
    • ‘In its heyday, MTV would sometimes air the same episode as many as ten times per week.’
    • ‘In its heyday, the Falcon GT was reckoned to be the fastest four-door sedan in the world.’
    • ‘In its heyday the Barnbow factory in Leeds was crucial to the Allied war effort during the First World War.’
    • ‘Water mills have been in existence in Britain for more than 1,000 years. They had their heyday during the Industrial Revolution, when the textile industries in the Midlands relied on this form of power.’
    • ‘In appearance he was a cross between a youthful James Stewart and Peter O'Toole in his Lawrence of Arabia heyday.’
    • ‘To me, it's a good reminder what Blackburn was, with heavy industry that employed tens of thousands in its heyday.’
    • ‘A local hero in his heyday, he ended his life alone, shutting himself away after being diagnosed with cancer.’
    prime, peak, height, high point, high spot, peak of perfection, pinnacle, acme, zenith, day, time, bloom, flowering, culmination, crowning point
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Late 16th century (denoting good spirits or passion): from archaic heyday!, an exclamation of joy, surprise, etc..