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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 relating 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 of holiday
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English hāligdæg. See holy, day
Related forms
preholiday, adjective
Synonyms
2. vacation, break.
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British Dictionary definitions for preholiday

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 preholiday

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 preholiday

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 preholiday

holiday

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