Definition of Sunday in English:



  • The 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’
    ‘many people work on Sundays’
    as modifier ‘Sunday evening’
    • ‘The piece was reprinted in the Evening Standard and picked up by the Mail on Sunday.’
    • ‘The figures are not released to the public but were leaked to a Sunday newspaper at the weekend.’
    • ‘Nicky got into difficulties on Sunday afternoon as he was swimming with two friends.’
    • ‘I looked at the site on Sunday morning and Sunday evening, and it was in the same state.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I took my daughter for a walk along the beach by the Coastguard station on Sunday morning.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, I had a bit of a dilemma this weekend whilst reading the Sunday papers.’
    • ‘Spring weather is expected to draw the crowds to a weekly farmers' market on Sunday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She arrived home on Sunday night and had to set off for London early this morning.’
    • ‘On Sunday night there had been a long group discussion about what makes a great trainer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I started the work at half ten on Sunday night and finished at one on Monday morning.’
    • ‘On Sunday, the second in the series of car boot sales at Gigg Lane was a resounding success.’
    • ‘A man was found dead on the railway line at Surbiton station early on Sunday morning.’
    • ‘So on Sunday night the locals decided to test just how much it would take to change my mind about the place.’
    • ‘There were five reports of purses being stolen on Saturday and one report on Sunday.’
    • ‘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.’
    the lord's day, the sabbath
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North American
  • 1On Sunday.

    ‘the concert will be held 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Sundays On Sundays; each Sunday.
      ‘the program 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.