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heyday1

[hey-dey] /ˈheɪˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
the stage or period of greatest vigor, strength, success, etc.; prime:
the heyday of the vaudeville stars.
2.
Archaic. high spirits.
Also, heydey.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; variant of high day, apparently by confusion with heyday2

heyday2

[hey-dey] /ˈheɪ deɪ/
interjection, Archaic.
1.
(used as an exclamation of cheerfulness, surprise, wonder, etc.)
Origin
1520-30; rhyming compound based on hey; replacing heyda < German hei da hey there
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  • The heyday of the hippies lasted for all of about two years.
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  • The area is piled high with sedimentary rock from the heyday of the dinosaurs.
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  • It's a place where opportunity for blacks seems to have largely evaporated since its manufacturing heyday.
  • It is the heyday of free agents, whose loyalty is only to their own skills.
  • The essay became a touchstone in the heyday of literary theory, reprinted in a slew of anthologies and cited copiously.
  • The first farmers were less healthy than the hunter-gatherers had been in their heyday.
British Dictionary definitions for heyday

heyday

/ˈheɪˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
the time of most power, popularity, vigour, etc; prime
Word Origin
C16: probably based on hey
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Word Origin and History for heyday
n.

late 16c., alteration of heyda (1520s), exclamation of playfulness or surprise, something like Modern English hurrah, apparently an extended form of Middle Elish interjection hey or hei (see hey). Modern sense of "stage of greatest vigor" first recorded 1751, which altered the spelling on model of day, with which this word apparently has no etymological connection.

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