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holiday

noun hol·i·day \ ˈhä-lə-ˌdā , British usually ˈhä-lə-dē \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of holiday

1 : holy day
  • an important Muslim holiday
2 : a day on which one is exempt from work; specifically : a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event
  • will be closed for the July 4th holiday
  • a national holiday
  • plans for the holiday weekend
3 chiefly British : vacation often used in the phrase on holiday
  • going on holiday
often used in plural
  • spent the summer holidays in Spain
4 : a period of exemption or relief
  • corporations enjoying a tax holiday

Examples of holiday in a Sentence

  1. July 4 is a national holiday in the U.S.

  2. The stock market is closed tomorrow because it's a holiday.

  3. She'll have four weeks' holiday next year.

  4. We're planning on taking a holiday in the Caribbean.

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Origin and Etymology of holiday

Middle English, from Old English hāligdæg, from hālig holy + dæg day

holiday Synonyms

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holiday

verb

Definition of holiday

intransitive verb
: to take or spend a vacation or holiday (see 1holiday 2) especially in travel or at a resort : vacation
  • will holiday this year at the shore

holidayer

noun

Examples of holiday in a Sentence

  1. She likes holidaying in the Caribbean.

  2. saw kangaroos while holidaying in Australia

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Origin and Etymology of holiday

holiday Synonyms

Synonyms
vacation
Related Words
escape, get (away), get off; break, recess; ease (up), let up; relax, repose, rest; bum, goldbrick, idle, laze, loaf, lounge, slack (off)
Near Antonyms
drudge, endeavor, grub, hump, hustle, labor, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, travail, work

Holiday

biographical name Hol·i·day \ ˈhä-lə-ˌdā \

Definition of Holiday

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HOLIDAY Defined for English Language Learners

holiday

noun

Definition of holiday for English Language Learners

  • : a special day of celebration : a day when most people do not have to work


holiday

verb

Definition of holiday for English Language Learners

  • : to spend a holiday in or at a particular place


HOLIDAY Defined for Kids

holiday

noun hol·i·day \ ˈhä-lə-ˌdā \

Definition of holiday for Students

1 : a special day of celebration during which schools and businesses are often closed
2 chiefly British : 1vacation


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