Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Subscribe

Archives



Aug 23, 2016
This week’s theme
There’s an antonym for it

This week’s words
estivate
diurnal
ultimogeniture
distributary
dissensus

More ways to read AWAD
o Email
o Web
o Twitter
o RSS feed
o Calendar
o On your own website
Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

diurnal

PRONUNCIATION:
(dy-UHR-nuhl)

MEANING:
adjective: 1. Of or pertaining to the daytime. 2. Occurring every day.
noun: Diary; journal; newspaper.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin diurnalis, from Latin diurnus (daily), from dies (day). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dyeu- (to shine) that also gave us adjourn, diary, diet, circadian, journal, journey, quotidian, sojourn, diva, divine, deify, Jupiter, Jove, July, Zeus, jovial, and Sanskrit deva (god). Earliest documented use: 1430.
The opposite is nocturnal.

USAGE:
“His dictionary described moths as ‘nightflying butterflies’ so if this moth was diurnal, how come it was a moth and not a butterfly.”
Uwe Tellkamp; The Tower; Penguin; 2014.

See more usage examples of diurnal in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts. -George Matthew Adams, newspaper columnist (23 Aug 1878-1962)

A.Word.A.Day by email:

Subscribe

"The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace."

The New York Times

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith