See also: Holiday
From Middle English halyday, holyday, halidei, haliȝdei, from Old English hāliġdæġ (“holy day, Sabbath”), equivalent to holy + day. Compare West Frisian hjeldei (“holiday”), Danish helligdag (“holiday”), Norwegian helligdag (“holiday”), Swedish helgdag (“holiday, feast”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɒlɪdeɪ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhɑləˌdeɪ/
- (obsolete) IPA(key): /ˈhɒlɪdɪ/
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holiday (plural holidays)
- A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
- 2005, Clinton, Bill, My Life, volume II, New York: Vintage Books, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 5:
- Monday, January 18, was the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. In the morning I held a reception for the diplomatic representatives of other nations in the inner quadrangle at Georgetown, addressing them from the steps of Old North Building.
- A day declared free from work by the state or government.
- Synonyms: (UK) bank holiday, national holiday
- (chiefly UK, Australia) A period of one or more days taken off work for leisure and often travel; often plural.
- Synonyms: leave, time off, (US) vacation; see also Thesaurus:vacation
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC, page 46:
- 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.
- 1949 August 11, “A Dreamer’s Holiday”, performed by Perry Como, The Fontaine Sisters, The Mitchell Ayres Orchestra:
- Climb aboard a butterfly and take off in the breeze. Let your worries flutter by and do the things you please. In the land where dollar bills are falling off the trees. On a dreamer’s holiday. […] Make it a long vacation. Time, there is plenty of. You need no reservation. Just bring along the one you love.
- (chiefly UK, Australia) A period during which pupils do not attend their school; often plural; rarely used for students at university (usually: vacation).
- Synonym: (US) vacation
- I want to take a French course this summer holiday.
- (finance) A period during which, by agreement, the usual payments are not made.
- a mortgage payment holiday
- A gap in coverage, e.g. of paint on a surface, or sonar imagery.
- Synonym: lacuna
- all holiday
- bank holiday
- Bank Holiday
- blind man's holiday
- blindman's holiday
- busman's holiday
- enjoy your holiday
- go on holiday
- hallmark holiday
- Hallmark holiday
- happy holidays
- high days and holidays
- High Holidays
- holiday camp
- holiday fic
- holiday heart syndrome
- holiday home
- holiday ownership
- holiday package
- holiday park
- holiday pay
- holiday season
- holiday speeches
- holiday tree
- legal holiday
- national holiday
- package holiday
- public holiday
- Roman holiday
- statutory holiday
- summer holiday
- winter holiday
day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed
day declared free from work by the government
period of one or more days taken off work for leisure and often travel
period during which pupils do not attend school
unintentional gap in coverage, e.g. of paint on a surface, or sonar imagery — See also translations at lacuna
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holiday (third-person singular simple present holidays, present participle holidaying, simple past and past participle holidayed) (chiefly Britain)
- (intransitive) To take a period of time away from work or study.
- (Britain, intransitive) To spend a period of time in recreational travel.
to take a period of time away from work or study
to spend a period of time in recreational travel
- ^ “holiday”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- Alternative form of halyday