Definition of Sunday in English:



  • 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 took my daughter for a walk along the beach by the Coastguard station on Sunday morning.’
    • ‘I started the work at half ten on Sunday night and finished at one on Monday morning.’
    • ‘So on Sunday night the locals decided to test just how much it would take to change my mind about the place.’
    • ‘She arrived home on Sunday night and had to set off for London early this morning.’
    • ‘On Sunday, the second in the series of car boot sales at Gigg Lane was a resounding success.’
    • ‘On Sunday, two wins and a third in the heats meant he qualified on the front row of the grid for the final.’
    • ‘On Sunday, the fancy dress competition will be judged at noon and is open to all ages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nicky got into difficulties on Sunday afternoon as he was swimming with two friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spring weather is expected to draw the crowds to a weekly farmers' market on Sunday.’
    • ‘The open day on Sunday will give the public a rare chance to see inside the tower.’
    • ‘Mr Haigh said a couple had knocked on his door on Sunday evening asking him if he had lost a camera.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A man was found dead on the railway line at Surbiton station early on Sunday morning.’
    • ‘I looked at the site on Sunday morning and Sunday evening, and it was in the same state.’
    • ‘The piece was reprinted in the Evening Standard and picked up by the Mail on Sunday.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, I had a bit of a dilemma this weekend whilst reading the Sunday papers.’
    • ‘The figures are not released to the public but were leaked to a Sunday newspaper at the weekend.’
    the lord's day, the sabbath
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    1. 1.1British informal The newspapers published each Sunday.
      ‘she wrote human-interest pieces for the Sundays’
      • ‘Both Rangers and Celtic give Friday press conferences at which different players are put up for the daily papers and the Sundays.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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".’


North American
  • 1On Sunday.

    ‘the concert will be held Sunday’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All festival events, activities and contests still will take place Sunday at the same times they had been scheduled for today.’
    • ‘Three players on the Air Force women's tennis team wrapped up play Sunday at the CU Invitational in Boulder, Colorado.’
    1. 1.1On Sundays; each Sunday.
      ‘the programme is repeated Sundays at 9 p.m’
      • ‘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.’


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