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working day

the amount of time that a worker must work for an agreed daily wage.
a day ordinarily given to working (distinguished from holiday).
the daily period of hours for working.
Origin of working day


[wur-king-dey] /ˈwɜr kɪŋˌdeɪ/
workaday; everyday.
1470-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The eight-hour working-day was in practice in the Merton factory, and the wages paid were the highest known in the trade.

    William Morris Elizabeth Luther Cary
  • God knows, there is enough to sigh for in this working-day world, is there not?

    Paul Patoff F. Marion Crawford
  • And we went at those speeds which are allowed before the working-day begins or the police are thawed out.

    A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
  • They drifted and saw the morning widen into the working-day.

    The Lovely Lady Mary Austin
  • In Turkey the working-day lasts from sunrise to sunset, with certain intervals for repose and refreshment.

    Women Wage-Earners Helen Campbell
  • There are good points in this working-day life of ours, are there not?

    Alone Marion Harland
  • Making it a working-day, and thus preventing attendance at church.

  • It is a Sabbath at the one place, a working-day at the other.

  • In this way the working-day in Lowell is eked out to an average throughout the year of twelve and a half hours.

  • All honor to him who fills this working-day world with humor, romance and beauty!

    The Hudson Wallace Bruce
British Dictionary definitions for working-day

working day

a day on which work is done, esp for an agreed or stipulated number of hours in return for a salary or wage
the part of the day allocated to work: a seven-hour working day
(often pl) (commerce) any day of the week except Sunday, public holidays, and, in some cases, Saturday
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