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heyday

a period of popularity and success

TRANSLATION

heyday = Blütezeit, Glanzzeit, Höhepunkt, Hochphase

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

A look back at the glamorous HEYDAY of the Jet Set from the 1950s to the 1970s, when flying was only for the rich and famous.

(BBC News)

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The HEYDAY of woman's life is the shady side of fifty.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, late 19th century social activist and feminist

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know?

heyday
noun (usually singular)

- usually "one's heyday". The period of a person's or thing's greatest success, popularity, activity, or vigour.

Oxford Dictionaries

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WORD ORIGIN

According to the Barnhardt Concise Dictionary of Etymology, heyday is an alteration of heyda (1526), an exclamation of playfulness or surprise, which is similar to the modern English hurrah. The modern sense of "a period of popularity or success" was first recorded in 1751 and altered the spelling from "da" to "day."

The phrase "in his heyday" (or her as the case may be), appears quite often in print. The immediate implication is that a person was once successful and popular, but is now "past his (or her) prime." Hollywood stars, sports heroes, famous politicians and popular musicians all have their heyday. Afterwards, some quietly fade into the background, while others try to re-live their heyday through the "comeback."

Someone once said "old rockers never die, they just keep getting richer." A quick look at the concert calendar of any major city proves how true this is. Elton John is still selling out huge arenas and Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards are still touring the world.

Folk/rock icon Bob Dylan is 77 years old. At his age, most people are in full retirement. Instead, His "Never Ending Tour" which started in 1988 is still going strong. For fans in Germany the 2019 dates are 31 March - Düsseldorf, 02 April - Würzburg, 04 April - Berlin, 05 April - Magdeburg.

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SYNONYMS

acme, culmination, height, high point, high spot, peak, pinnacle, prime time, salad days, zenith

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PRACTICE OWAD IN A CONVERSATION TODAY

Say something like:

"In his HEYDAY as regional sales manager, Bob closed 5 major contracts in 5 countries in one week!"

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