holiday

noun
hol·​i·​day | \ ˈhä-lə-ˌdā How to pronounce holiday (audio) , British usually ˈhä-lə-dē \

Definition of holiday

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 holidaygoing on holiday often used in pluralspent the summer holidays in Spain
4 : a period of exemption or relief corporations enjoying a tax holiday

holiday

verb
holidayed; holidaying; holidays

Definition of holiday (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

Holiday

biographical name
Hol·​i·​day | \ ˈhä-lə-ˌdā How to pronounce Holiday (audio) \

Definition of Holiday (Entry 3 of 3)

Eleanora 1915–1959 Billie American jazz singer

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Other Words from holiday

Verb

holidayer noun

Synonyms for holiday

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of holiday in a Sentence

Noun July 4 is a national holiday in the U.S. The stock market is closed tomorrow because it's a holiday. She'll have four weeks' holiday next year. We're planning on taking a holiday in the Caribbean. Verb She likes holidaying in the Caribbean. saw kangaroos while holidaying in Australia
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Live Blog The Associated Press 4h ago / 7:37 PM PDT Northam to open Virginia Beach in time for holiday weekend RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is relaxing restrictions on beachgoers in Virginia Beach ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. NBC News, "Northam to open Virginia Beach in time for holiday weekend," 20 May 2020 Early Tuesday morning, the plan was to only open Mary’s Bistro for the holiday weekend. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Northern Michigan restaurants begin reopening: Everything you need to know," 19 May 2020 With several Memorial Day sales on top mattresses happening over the holiday weekend, here’s a look at some of the best deals that will get you a new mattress shipped right to your door. oregonlive, "A new mattress may be the best home upgrade during coronavirus isolation: Take advantage of these Memorial Day sales," 19 May 2020 Horwitz said that on a busy holiday weekend, the aquatic center attracts up to 1,000 visitors, but that under the governor’s guidelines, that crowd would have to be limited to about 250. cleveland, "Beachwood Family Aquatic Center will not open this summer; Barkwood dog park to open May 22 on appointment-only basis," 19 May 2020 Memorial Day is still a week away, but that hasn’t stopped Wayfair from kicking off the holiday weekend early with a major sale event. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, "Wayfair’s Memorial Day Sale Just Started Early—Here’s What to Buy," 19 May 2020 Layoff announcements at Sears’ headquarters had become almost as regular as holiday-weekend sales at its stores. At A Great Price, ProPublica, "Nearing Bankruptcy, Sears Claimed Fast-Food Workers and Baristas as Employees to Keep Tax Breaks," 17 May 2020 Tons of popular retailers and mattress brands have already launched epic sales ahead of the holiday weekend. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, "The Best Early Memorial Day Mattress Sales You Can Shop Online," 17 May 2020 Instead of a theatrical release, Disney will now release Hamilton straight to Disney+ this July 3, just in time for the holiday weekend. TheWeek, "Hamilton performance with the original cast coming to Disney+ this July," 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Morrison returned home early from holidaying in Hawaii ahead of Christmas following the death of two firefighters and amid criticism his government was doing too little to address climate change and a country-wide drought. NBC News, "Mass evacuation as 'columns of fire' threaten Australian vacation area," 29 Dec. 2019 Macey Ellison, 18, and her family, who were holidaying in Mallacoota, in the southeastern state of Victoria, took cover in a friend’s small boat for more than four hours as the fire threatened the town. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "‘We Were Freaking Out.’ Terrifying Fire Season Takes a Bad Turn in Australia.," 1 Jan. 2020 Check out the video above to see what makes some of your faves’ holidays the Blackest celebration of all time. Danielle Young, Essence, "Celebrating The Holidays While Black Is A Blessing," 24 Dec. 2019 Ticking off yet another Caribbean island, Queen Elizabeth II visited Mustique (where William and Kate are currently rumoured to be holidaying) with her sister Princess Margaret in 1977. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Royals on Holiday! See Favorite Vacation Spots of Princess Diana, Meghan Markle and More," 26 July 2019 The stimulus measures include incentives for Thais to holiday in their country, as well as extra support for farmers, small businesses and the poor. The Economist, "Business this week," 22 Aug. 2019 According to the Sun, the Derby County manager, who has been holidaying in France with his family, is set to meet Roman Abramovich on his yacht in St Tropez this week for contractual talks. SI.com, "Chelsea to Offer Frank Lampard 3-Year Contract as Talks With Roman Abramovich Begin," 18 June 2019 The couple that holidays together must be real, right?! Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Relationship," 30 July 2018 The couple that holidays together must be real, right?! Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Relationship," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of holiday

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holiday

Noun and Verb

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

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Time Traveler for holiday

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The first known use of holiday was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Holiday.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holiday. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for holiday

holiday

noun
How to pronounce Holiday (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of holiday

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

holiday

verb

English Language Learners Definition of holiday (Entry 2 of 2)

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

holiday

noun
hol·​i·​day | \ ˈhä-lə-ˌdā How to pronounce holiday (audio) \

Kids Definition of holiday

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

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