Definition of Sunday in English:

Sunday

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’
    • ‘I looked at the site on Sunday morning and Sunday evening, and it was in the same state.’
    • ‘She arrived home on Sunday night and had to set off for London early this morning.’
    • ‘There were five reports of purses being stolen on Saturday and one report on Sunday.’
    • ‘On Sunday night there had been a long group discussion about what makes a great trainer.’
    • ‘Nicky got into difficulties on Sunday afternoon as he was swimming with two friends.’
    • ‘Mr Haigh said a couple had knocked on his door on Sunday evening asking him if he had lost a camera.’
    • ‘The open day on Sunday will give the public a rare chance to see inside the tower.’
    • ‘On Sunday, the second in the series of car boot sales at Gigg Lane was a resounding success.’
    • ‘On Sunday, the fancy dress competition will be judged at noon and is open to all ages.’
    • ‘The figures are not released to the public but were leaked to a Sunday newspaper at the weekend.’
    • ‘Spring weather is expected to draw the crowds to a weekly farmers' market on Sunday.’
    • ‘I started the work at half ten on Sunday night and finished at one on Monday morning.’
    • ‘She said she had been out all day on Sunday and only discovered what had been going on when she read it in the paper.’
    • ‘A man was found dead on the railway line at Surbiton station early on Sunday morning.’
    • ‘The piece was reprinted in the Evening Standard and picked up by the Mail on Sunday.’
    • ‘I took my daughter for a walk along the beach by the Coastguard station on Sunday morning.’
    • ‘On Sunday, two wins and a third in the heats meant he qualified on the front row of the grid for the final.’
    • ‘She was knocked down by a car on a pelican crossing as she tried to cross the road on a Sunday evening after a meal at a pub.’
    • ‘So on Sunday night the locals decided to test just how much it would take to change my mind about the place.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, I had a bit of a dilemma this weekend whilst reading the Sunday papers.’
    the lord's day, the sabbath
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    1. 1.1the SundaysBritish informal The newspapers published each Sunday.
      ‘she wrote human-interest pieces for the Sundays’
      • ‘An avid reader he keeps up with current affairs by always reading the daily newspaper, the Sundays and, of course, the local papers.’
      • ‘During its heyday from about 1984-89, it made me laugh out loud and developed a silly but clever writing style that still hangs around in the London written media today - which is not surprising since so many Smash Hits alumni are now big-shot magazine editors or write for the Sundays.’
      • ‘So, when it finally happened, I thought: "This is the life, two hours peace and quiet and a chance to read the Sundays without interruption".’
      • ‘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.’

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)

adverb

North American
  • 1On Sunday.

    ‘the concert will be held Sunday’
    • ‘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. 1.1Sundays On Sundays; each Sunday.
      ‘the programme is repeated Sundays at 9 p.m’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Services take place Sundays at 1:30 pm in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.’
      • ‘During the school year I work Saturdays, so I have to play Sundays.’

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)

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Sunday

/ˈsʌndi//ˈsʌndeɪ/