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holiday

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noun hol·i·day \ˈhä-lə-ˌdā, British usually ˈhä-lə-dē\

Definition of holiday

  1. 1 :  holy day an important Muslim holiday

  2. 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. 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. 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

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holiday

verb hol·i·day

Definition of holiday

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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

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Examples of holiday in a Sentence

  1. She likes holidaying in the Caribbean.

  2. saw kangaroos while holidaying in Australia

Origin and Etymology of holiday

see 1holiday


Holiday

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

Definition of Holiday

  1. Eleanora 1915–1959 Billie American jazz singer



HOLIDAY Defined for English Language Learners

holiday

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noun

Definition of holiday for English Language Learners

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

holiday

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Definition of holiday for English Language Learners

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


HOLIDAY Defined for Kids

holiday

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noun hol·i·day \ˈhä-lə-ˌdā\

Definition of holiday for Students

  1. 1 :  a special day of celebration during which schools and businesses are often closed

  2. 2 chiefly British :  1vacation



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