Christmas is one example of a holiday.
An example of a holiday is Christmas.
- holy day
- a day of freedom from labor; day set aside for leisure and recreation
- [often pl.]Chiefly Brit. a period of leisure or recreation; vacation
- a day set aside by law or custom for the suspension of business, usually in commemoration of some event
- any period of freedom from something: a weeklong sales-tax holiday
Origin of holidayfrom Middle English holidei, with shortened first vowel from Old English h?ligdæg: see holy and day
- suited to a holiday; merry, festive, etc.: a holiday atmosphere
- of or associated with a holiday: an extended holiday weekend
- having to do with the year-end holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's: throngs of holiday shoppers
- A day free from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which custom or the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate or celebrate a particular event.
- A religious feast day; a holy day.
- Chiefly British A vacation. Often used in the phrase on holiday.
intransitive verbholi·dayed, holi·day·ing, holi·days Chiefly British
Origin of holidayMiddle English holidai holy day from Old English hālig dæg hālig holy ; see holy . dæg day ; see day .
- A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
- Today is a Wiccan holiday!
- A day declared free from work by the government.
- A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.
- A period during which pupils and students do not attend their school or university.
- I want to take a French course this summer holiday.
- A period taken off work or study for travel or leisure.
- An unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.
(third-person singular simple present holidays, present participle holidaying, simple past and past participle holidayed)
- To take a period of time away from work or study.
- (UK) To spend a period of time for travel.