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1 the present time or age; "the world of today"; "today we have computers"
2 the day that includes the present moment (as opposed to yesterday or tomorrow); "Today is beautiful"; "did you see today's newspaper?" adv
1 in these times; "it is solely by their language that the upper classes nowadays are distinguished"- Nancy Mitford; "we now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets"; "today almost every home has television" [syn: nowadays, now]
2 on this day as distinct from yesterday or tomorrow; "I can't meet with you today"

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Alternative spellings


From etyl enm < etyl ang sc=unicode, |tō dæge, made from |tō + |dæge, the dative of dæg.
  • The first component (to-) is from Middle English < Old English tō (towards, for the purpose of) < West Germanic *|to < .
  • The second component (-day) is from Middle English < Old English dæg < < . It is not related to Latin dies (which is from PIE base *|dyeu-), but rather to Sanskrit sc=Deva, which came from PIE *|dʰegʰ-.
  • Thus, today and day are not related to Spanish día, but to favor and fever.


  • Rhymes: -eɪ
  • /təˈdeɪ/


  1. On the current day or date.
    "I want this done today."
    Today is .
  2. In the current era; nowadays.
    In the 1500s, people had to do things by hand, but today we have electric can openers.


on the current day


  1. The current day or date.
    Today is the day we'll fix this once and for all.

Usage notes

Today has no simple plural; the closest equivalents are phrases:
these days


today (noun'')


Extensive Definition

For current events, see Portal:Current events
Todays refers to the current day. Western society considers it as the period of time between the previous midnight and the forthcoming midnight, although some informally refer to "today" as the period between their awakening and falling asleep, even if the period spans midnight.
Today's date and time are .
Authoritative English military and naval texts written prior to 1920 use the form "to-day".
In other contexts, today can mean:

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today in Danish: Today (flertydig)
today in German: Today (Begriffsklärung)
today in Persian: امروز
today in Italian: Oggi
today in Japanese: トゥデイ
today in Norwegian: I dag
today in Portuguese: Hoje
today in Slovenian: Danes
today in Swedish: I dag
today in Turkish: Bugün
today in Yiddish: היינט
today in Contenese: 今日
today in Chinese: 今天

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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