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holiday (ˈhɒlɪˌdeɪ, -dɪ)
1.  chiefly (Brit) (often plural)
 a.  US and Canadian word: vacation a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation
 b.  (as modifier): a holiday mood
2.  a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etcRelated: ferial
3.  chiefly (Brit) (intr) to spend a holiday
Related: ferial
[Old English hāligdæg, literally: holy day]

Holiday (ˈhɒlɪˌdeɪ)
Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915--59, US jazz singer

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Word Origin & History

O.E. haligdæg, from halig "holy" + dæg "day;" in 14c. meaning both "religious festival" and "day of recreation," but pronunciation and sense diverged 16c.
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