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good day

a conventional expression used at meeting or parting during the daytime.
Origin of good day
1175-1225; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for good-day
Historical Examples
  • "good-day, if I must—" said the agent, as he hurried to the gate.

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
  • With this parting injunction they bade him good-day and departed, each to his home.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • The native gave me a good-day in Kaffir, then begged for tobacco or a handful of mealie-meal.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • I went up immediately, and I said good-day to him in Castilian.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • We had hardly spoken a word since Carette came down, beyond wishing her good-day, and she herself seemed in no humour for talk.

    Carette of Sark John Oxenham
  • A tall man standing at the bar turned his head as I entered and said "good-day" to me.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • good-day, sir, said Pilarica, who knew no reason why one should not be as polite to a goatherd as to a grandee.

  • We won't interrupt any longer if you will permit us to say good-day.

    Ravensdene Court J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  • Who knew but that the clown, at any price he liked, would consent to go to say good-day to little Francis?

  • good-day,” said the girl, looking at me for a moment, and then fixing her eyes on her book.

    Lavengro George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for good-day

good day

sentence substitute
a conventional expression of greeting or farewell used during the day
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for good-day

good day

salutation, late 14c., short for have a good day (c.1200). Good morning is c.1400, gode morwene. Good night, also goodnight, is late 14c.; as an exclamation of surprise, from 1893.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with good-day

good day

Also, good afternoon or evening or morning . Formal ways of saying “Hello” or “Goodbye.” For example, He began rather oddly by addressing the audience with Good day ,” or “ Good afternoon, ladies ,” said the sales clerk as we walked out . All these greetings represent an abbreviation of the now obsolete God give you a good day (afternoon, etc.) , which dates from about 1200. Also see good night
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