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From Middle English day, from Old English dæ? (“day”), from Proto-Germanic *dagaz (“day”), from Proto-Indo-European *d?og??-o-s, from *d?eg??- (“to burn”).
Cognate with Saterland Frisian Dai (“day”), West Frisian dei (“day”), Dutch dag (“day”), German Low German Dag (“day”), Alemannic German Däi (“day”), German Tag (“day”), Swedish, Norwegian and Danish dag (“day”), Icelandic dagur (“day”). Cognate also with Albanian djeg (“to burn”), Lithuanian degti (“to burn”), Tocharian A tsäk-, Russian ???? (že??, “to burn”) from *degti, ?????? (djógot?, “tar, pitch”), Sanskrit ??? (d?há, “heat”), ???? (dáhati, “to burn”), Latin fove? (“to warm, keep warm, incubate”).
Latin di?s is a false cognate; it derives from Proto-Indo-European *dyew- (“to shine”).
day (plural days)
- Any period of 24 hours.
- A period from midnight to the following midnight.
- (astronomy) Rotational period of a planet (especially Earth).
- The part of a day period which one spends at one’s job, school, etc.
- Part of a day period between sunrise and sunset where one enjoys daylight; daytime.
- A specified time or period; time, considered with reference to the existence or prominence of a person or thing; age; time.
- A period of contention of a day or less.
- (meteorology) A 24-hour period beginning at 6am or sunrise.
- (rare, intransitive) To spend a day (in a place).