From Middle English halyday, holyday, halidei, haliȝdei, from Old English hāliġdæġ (“holy day, Sabbath”), equivalent to holy + day. Cognate with West Frisian hjeldei (“holiday”), Danish helligdag (“holiday”), Norwegian helligdag (“holiday”), Swedish helgdag (“holiday, feast”).
holiday (plural holidays)
- 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 state or government.
- (chiefly Britain) A period of one or more days taken off work for leisure and often travel; often plural (US English: vacation).
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
- No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or […] . And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.
- (chiefly Britain) (US English: vacation) A period during which pupils do not attend their school; often plural; rarely used for students at university (usually: vacation).
- I want to take a French course this summer holiday.
- A gap in coverage, e.g. of paint on a surface, or sonar imagery.
- (day on which a festival, etc, is traditionally observed): feast day (celebratory religious event)
- (day declared free from work by the government): bank holiday (UK), national holiday
- (period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure): leave, time off
- (period taken off work or study for travel): vacation (US)
- (gap in coverage): lacuna
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- To take a period of time away from work or study.
- (Britain) To spend a period of time for travel.
- Alternative form of