Origin of middayMiddle English middai from Old English middæg
12:00 noon is an example of midday.
(countable and uncountable, plural middays)
- noon; twelve o'clock during the day
From Middle English midday, from Old English middÃ¦Ä¡ (“mid-day, noon"), equivalent to mid- +"Ž day. Cognate with Scots midday (“midday"), West Frisian middei (“midday, noon, afternoon"), Dutch middag (“midday, noon, afternoon"), German Mittag (“noon, midday"), Danish middag (“midday, noon, afternoon"), Swedish middag (“midday, noon, afternoon").
- He dragged her to a window and the bright midday sun.
- The Jews, Chaldeans and Babylonians began the day at the rising of the sun; the Athenians at the fall; the Umbri in Italy began at midday; the Egyptians and Romans at midnight; and in England, the United States and most of the countries of Europe the Roman civil day still prevails, the day usually commencing as soon as the clock begins to strike 12 P.M.
- NOON, midday, twelve o'clock.
- At midday on the twenty-second of October Pierre was going uphill along the muddy, slippery road, looking at his feet and at the roughness of the way.
- Ensconced lights glowed in the midday, and antique furniture, rare paintings, elegant marble sculptures befitting a museum, silk Persian rugs underfoot, and many other priceless displays of prestige lined the wide hall.