Holiday definition

hŏlĭ-dā
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A day of freedom from labor; day set aside for leisure and recreation.
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Any period of freedom from something.

A weeklong sales-tax holiday.

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Suited to a holiday; merry, festive, etc.

A holiday atmosphere.

adjective
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To pass a holiday or vacation.
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Of or associated with a holiday.

An extended holiday weekend.

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Having to do with the year-end holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's.

Throngs of holiday shoppers.

adjective
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A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.
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A period during which pupils and students do not attend their school or university.

I want to take a French course this summer holiday.

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A period taken off work or study for travel or leisure.
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To take a period of time away from work or study.
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(chiefly brit.) A period of leisure or recreation; vacation.
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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.

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(UK) To spend a period of time for travel.
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A day set aside by law or custom for the suspension of business, usually in commemoration of some event.
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(chiefly brit.) To take a vacation or vacation trip.
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(person) (born Eleonora Fagan Holiday) 1915-59; U.S. jazz singer.
proper name
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A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.

Today is a Wiccan holiday!

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A day declared free from work by the government.
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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.
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A religious feast day; a holy day.
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(chiefly british) A vacation. Often used in the phrase on holiday.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
holiday
Plural:
holidays

Origin of holiday

  • Middle English holidai holy day from Old English hālig dæg hālig holy holy dæg day day

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English holiday, halidei, haliȝdei, from Old English hāliġdæġ (“holy day, Sabbath”), equivalent to holy +‎ day. Cognate with Danish helligdag (“holiday”), Swedish helgdag (“holiday, feast”), Norwegian helligdag (“holiday”).

    From Wiktionary