In a day, we have different names for different times of it. For example, morning, afternoon, night, evening, noon.

I need a hypernym for them all. What word should I use?


The hypernym for the different times of day is, rather unsurprisingly, time of day:


dawn, morning, noon/midday, afternoon, evening, dusk, night, midnight (Category: en:Times of day)

And nobody at all calls them day periods or day sections.

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  • Please see my comment at OP. – Kris Apr 21 '15 at 14:26
  • Just kidding, could mid-night be a "time of day"? – Kris Apr 21 '15 at 14:29

What about day period?

With period from wordreference :

- an extent of time meaningful in the life of a person, in history, etc.

- a round of time marked by some repeating event or action

- any of the parts into which something, as a school day, etc., is divided

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    Well, it's still far from being a good name. However, it's useful. Thank you. – Saeed Neamati Apr 21 '15 at 9:22

Although I doubt it's standard, we have often used the term day parts, for example when creating separate faces for an animated clock, we'd place them all in a folder called /dayparts

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  • The radio industry uses daypart extensively. – Steven Littman Apr 22 '15 at 1:25

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