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Alternative formsEdit


  • enPR: dāli, IPA(key): /ˈdeɪli/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪli

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English dayly, from Old English dæġlīċ, from Proto-Germanic *dagalīkaz (daily), equivalent to day +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots dayly, daly (daily), German Low German dagelk, dagelik (daily), Dutch dagelijks (daily), German täglich (daily), Danish daglig (daily), Swedish daglig (daily), Icelandic daglegur (daily).


daily (not comparable)

  1. That occurs every day, or at least every working day
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Matthew vi. 11
      Give us this day our daily bread.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay
      Bunyan has told us [] that in New England his dream was the daily subject of the conversation of thousands.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      Man hath his daily work of body or mind / Appointed, which declares his dignity, / And the regard of Heaven on all his ways.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Lvcrece (First Quarto)‎[1], London: Printed by Richard Field, for Iohn Harrison, [], OCLC 236076664:
      The petty ſtreames that paie a dailie det / To their ſalt ſoveraigne with their freſh fals haſt, / Adde to his flowe, but alter not his taſt.
  2. diurnal, by daylight, as opposed to nightly
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daily (plural dailies)

  1. Something that is produced, consumed, used, or done every day.
    • 1920, James Newton McCord, A Textbook of Filing, page 124:
      In the home office these dailies may be filed under one of two methods. Geographically by the territory controlled by an Agency, filing the dailies by their numbers back of the guide indicating the locality. Geographically as above, but filing the dailies by expiration date instead of by their numbers.
    • 1946, The American Archivist - Volumes 9-10, page 341:
      The dailies, or abstracts of the dailies, of the other companies and other departments are also checked, as has been said, in the Impaired Record department. For these coverages it is necessary to check for honesty or undesirable reputation of any kind. These dailies, and abstracts, are also taken by the "impaired record girls" when they have completed their checking, to the various departments.
    • 2011, Carole Marsh, Tennessee Dailies: 180 Daily Activities for Kids, →ISBN, page 39:
      The popular "dailies" format builds a broad range of knowledge by covering Tennessee Basics, Geography, History, People, and Government essential facts through interesting texts and visuals + reading comprehension activities, skill activities, map activities, and more.
    • 2013, Charles Steinbach, Schizophrenia's Gift, →ISBN:
      I do not let these experiences disrupt my focus in my daily or my responsibility for my family.
    1. A newspaper that is published every day.
    2. (Britain) A cleaner who comes in daily.
    3. (Britain, slang) A daily disposable.
    4. (video games) A quest in a massively multiplayer online game that can be repeated every day for cumulative rewards.
    5. (US, automotive, colloquial) A daily driver.
  • (cleaner who comes daily): daily help, daily maid (woman only)
  • (newspaper published every day): daily paper



  1. (US, automotive, colloquial) To drive an automobile frequently, on a daily basis, for regular and mundane tasks.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English dayly, from Old English *dæġlīċe (found only as dæġhwāmlīċe), equivalent to day +‎ -ly.


daily (not comparable)

  1. quotidianly, every day
  2. diurnally, by daylight

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