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’
    • ‘There were five reports of purses being stolen on Saturday and one report 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.’
    • ‘Spring weather is expected to draw the crowds to a weekly farmers' market on Sunday.’
    • ‘Nicky got into difficulties on Sunday afternoon as he was swimming with two friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The figures are not released to the public but were leaked to a Sunday newspaper at the weekend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So on Sunday night the locals decided to test just how much it would take to change my mind about the place.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Mr Haigh said a couple had knocked on his door on Sunday evening asking him if he had lost a camera.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, I had a bit of a dilemma this weekend whilst reading the Sunday papers.’
    • ‘The piece was reprinted in the Evening Standard and picked up by the Mail on Sunday.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both Rangers and Celtic give Friday press conferences at which different players are put up for the daily papers and 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.’
      • ‘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.’


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.’
    • ‘Three players on the Air Force women's tennis team wrapped up play Sunday at the CU Invitational in Boulder, Colorado.’
    • ‘All festival events, activities and contests still will take place Sunday at the same times they had been scheduled for today.’
    1. 1.1Sundays On 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.’
      • ‘During the school year I work Saturdays, so I have to play Sundays.’
      • ‘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.’


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