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Heyday

[HEY-dey]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: English, late 16th century

1.

The period of a person's or thing's greatest success, popularity, or vigor.

2.

An exclamation of joy, surprise.

Examples of Heyday in a sentence

"The heyday of the silent film ended in the late 1920s."

"Michael Jordan was unstoppable in his heyday."

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About Heyday

Teenagers might think the heyday of their life is in high school, but with age comes wisdom. It might be your career, or your family, or some other sort of accomplishment — enjoy your heyday, or time of greatest success.

Did you Know?

We can thank Shakespeare once again for this evolution in the English language. “Heyday!” was originally a short interjection of surprise or wonder. Then it gained a definition of high spirits in “Hamlet.” "You cannot call it love; for at your age / The heyday in the blood is tame…."

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