today

[tuh-dey]
noun
1.
this present day: Today is beautiful.
2.
this present time or age: the world of today.
adverb
3.
on this present day: I will do it today.
4.
at the present time; in these days: Today you seldom see horses.
adjective
5.
Informal. of the present era; up-to-date: the today look in clothing styles.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English tō dæg. See to, day

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today (təˈdeɪ)
 
n
1.  this day, as distinct from yesterday or tomorrow
2.  the present age: children of today
 
adv
3.  during or on this day
4.  nowadays
 
[Old English tō dæge, literally: on this day, from to + dæge, dative of dægday]

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Word Origin & History

today
O.E. todæge, to dæge "on (the) day," from to "at, on" (see to) + dæge, dative of dæg "day." Generally written as two words until 16c., after which it usually was written to-day until early 20c. Similar constructions exist in other Gmc. languages (cf. Du.
van daag "from-day," Dan., Swed. i dag "in day"). Ger. heute is from O.H.G. hiutu, from P.Gmc. *hiu tagu "on (this) day," with first element from PIE pronomial stem *ki-, represented by L. cis "on this side."
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Idioms & Phrases

today

see here today, gone tomorrow.

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Example sentences
There is something crazy about what is going on in our country today.
The first is that even today it struggles to provide for its people.
Some philosophers today are doing more than thinking deeply.
So much of science today revolves around using human biological tissue of some
  kind.
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