- The definition of a holiday is a day where business is suspended in celebration of a specific event.
An example of a holiday is Christmas.
Christmas is one example of a holiday.
- holy day
- a day of freedom from labor; day set aside for leisure and recreation
- 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
Origin of holiday; from Middle English holidei, with shortened first vowel ; from Old English hāligdæg: see holy and amp; day
- 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.