bank holiday


British : legal holiday
: a period when banks in general are closed often by government fiat

Examples of bank holiday in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Retail sales growth in the U.K. in May slowed to its lowest level in six months, with three bank holidays in the same month failing to convince shoppers to buy more, the latest sales-monitor report from the British Retail Consortium showed. Michael Susin, WSJ, 6 June 2023 The royal family has invited people to participate in other ways, either by attending community luncheons or by doing volunteer work as part of the Big Help Out on Monday, which has been declared a bank holiday. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 7 May 2023 Helplines for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are open 9 a.m. to midnight weekdays and 4 p.m. to midnight weekends and bank holidays, every day of the year. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 20 Feb. 2023 In other words, banking hours and bank holidays won’t restrict when payments can be made and recorded. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 20 July 2023 The children's classmates can look forward to another school break with a bank holiday weekend, while the Wales siblings may play a part in the historic crowning ceremony. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2023 The fee will be rolled out on a trial basis mainly during spring bank holidays and summer weekends when the city is at its most crowded. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 18 Sep. 2023 Many native Londoners, meanwhile, step outside of town to take advantage of the multiple bank holiday weekends marking the month. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 18 Nov. 2023 The air traffic system’s meltdown, caused for a few hours on Aug. 28, 2023, clashed with one of the busiest travel days, falling on U.K.’s final bank holiday of the year. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bank holiday was in 1778

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“Bank holiday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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