Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. During the present time; now.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In these days; at the present time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In these days; in the present age: sometimes used as a noun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in these times
  • n. the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech

Etymologies

Middle English nouadaies : nou, now; see now + a (variant of on, on; see on) + daies, genitive of dai, day; see day.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From now +‎ adays. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even to evoke the term nowadays sounds, to many, a little dated, like referring to your wife as your "lady" or to a band as a "group."

    NYT > Global Home

  • JAVIER ROMERO, RADIO SHOW HOST: If you want to go global, as they use the term nowadays, you better know English.

    CNN Transcript Oct 1, 2007

  • "Yes, but not exactly as we commonly regard the term nowadays," smiled

    Oh, Money! Money!

  • The term nowadays is accepted among some groups of young Italian-Americans as merely being a style of living and dress.

    Yale Daily News - Latest Issue

  • But a growing number of operators is playing with different interpretations of a thesis that's been around as long as the internet - that the label nowadays is an anachronism, and that bands can finance and release music for themselves … Case in point: ...

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • But a growing number of operators is playing with different interpretations of a thesis that's been around as long as the internet - that the label nowadays is an anachronism, and that bands can finance and release music for themselves …

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  • It's a little less magical of a title nowadays, what with Allah getting a bad rap from the actions of his more sadistic followers.

    A Place I'll Never See: The Garden of Allah

  • Janus, god of doors, what we call nowadays a janitor.

    Pipefuls

  • There is an obligation arising from the bands that knit us to one another, so that no man can possess his good alone without being untrue to what we call nowadays the solidarity of humanity.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Isaiah and Jeremiah

  • Make all allowances you like for circumstances -- what they call nowadays 'environment,' by which formidable word some people seem to think that they have explained away a great many difficulties -- make all allowances you like for inheritance -- what they now call

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Second Kings Chapters VIII to End and Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Esther, Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes

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