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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.

Origin and Etymology of holiday

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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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


First Known Use: 1869


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

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holiday

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

Definition of holiday for English Language Learners

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


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holiday

verb hol·i·day

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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