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holiday

[hol-i-dey] /ˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person.
2.
any day of exemption from work (distinguished from working day).
3.
a time or period of exemption from any requirement, duty, assessment, etc.:
New businesses may be granted a one-year tax holiday.
4.
a religious feast day; holy day, especially any of several usually commemorative holy days observed in Judaism.
5.
Sometimes, holidays. Chiefly British. a period of cessation from work or one of recreation; vacation.
6.
an unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.
adjective
7.
of or pertaining to a festival; festive; joyous:
a holiday mood.
8.
suitable for a holiday:
holiday attire.
verb (used without object)
9.
Chiefly British. to vacation:
to holiday at the seaside.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English hāligdæg. See holy, day
Related forms
preholiday, adjective
Synonyms
2. vacation, break.

Holiday

[hol-i-dey] /ˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
Billie ("Lady Day") 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer.
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Examples from the web for holiday
  • This makes alex very wary and no longer able to enjoy the holiday.
  • She has a drunken snog herself with tony whilst on holiday in marbella.
  • Nine games were designed and released for the holiday season.
  • On the actual holiday thousands from all around watch the fireworks display.
British Dictionary definitions for holiday

holiday

/ˈhɒlɪˌdeɪ; -dɪ/
noun
1.
(often pl) (mainly Brit)
  1. a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation US and Canadian word vacation
  2. (as modifier): a holiday mood
2.
a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etc related adjective ferial
verb
3.
(intransitive) (mainly Brit) to spend a holiday
Word Origin
Old English hāligdæg, literally: holy day

Holiday

/ˈhɒlɪˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer
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Word Origin and History for holiday
n.

1500s, earlier haliday (c.1200), from Old English haligdæg "holy day; Sabbath," from halig "holy" (see holy) + dæg "day" (see day); in 14c. meaning both "religious festival" and "day of recreation," but pronunciation and sense diverged 16c. As a verb meaning "to pass the holidays" by 1869.

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Slang definitions & phrases for holiday

holiday

noun
  1. A small area missed while painting
  2. A forgotten or neglected task (1935+ Navy)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with holiday

holiday

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Encyclopedia Article for holiday

(from "holy day"), originally, a day of dedication to religious observance; in modern times, a day of either religious or secular commemoration. Many holidays of the major world religions tend to occur at the approximate dates of more ancient, pagan festivals. In the case of Christianity, this is sometimes owing to the policy of the early church of scheduling Christian observances at dates when they would eclipse pagan ones-a practice that proved more efficacious than merely prohibiting the earlier celebrations. In other cases, the similarity of the date is due to the tendency to celebrate turning points of the seasons, or to a combination of the two factors

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