American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The period of greatest popularity, success, or power; prime.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An exclamation of cheerfulness, surprise, wonder, etc.
- n. Highest vigor; full strength; acme.
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. An expression of frolic and exultation, and sometimes of wonder.
- n. The time of triumph and exultation; hence, joy, high spirits, frolicsomeness; wildness.
- n. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
- Late 16th century, from earlier heyda (1520s), as exclamation – compare hey, hei. Sense “period of success, vigor” from 1751, which respelt as heyday based on unrelated day (as “period of time”) – compare day in the sun. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps alteration of heyda, exclamation of pleasure, probably alteration of Middle English hey, hey. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He was a man no longer young, but in what we call the heyday of life, when our own people are so absorbed in making provision for the future that they may be said not to live in the present at all.”
“I refer to the heyday of Pan-Arabism, personified by Egypt's dictator at the time, Gamal Abd Al-Nasser, who came to power in July 1952 as the leader of the "free officers".”
“While it still love Jet Li, i think his heyday is past and it wouldn't hurt Hollywood to have a look at some of the OTHER HK, Korean, Japanese action stars.”
“During her heyday from the 1920s to the 1930s, unconventional artist Carmen Mondragón was demonized in much the same way as the fire-breathing creature of legends past.”
“Fewer people remember that, for a very brief period of time in the white-label heyday of the early 1980s, someone attempted to market generic genre books.”
“Such a dismissal will no doubt be received the way a brisk slap in the face would for the nucleus that goes back to the 2004 NBA title heyday, but the Pistons have earned the skepticism that follows them into the playoffs this year.”
“In the late nineteenth century, feminism, suffrage, political action, self-culture and self-help devolved in the women’s club movement, which enjoyed a heyday from the 1890s through the 1920s.”
“But she's got this behind-the-scenes bawdiness that reminds me of Carol Burnett in her heyday, which is just lovely for a bunch of guys.”
“Similar things were said about Steven Soderbergh's two-part Che biopic, or Uli Edel's recent Baader-Meinhof Complex, or of the current spate of movies nostalgically recalling the heyday of 1970s terrorist chic.”
“Simon referred to his heyday as “back when there was hair,” when he sported a clownish cloud of wiry black hair.”
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