holy day


: a day set aside for special religious observance

Examples of holy day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the holy day, some churches mark the foreheads of worshippers with an ash cross. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 30 Jan. 2024 Fridays are holy days of rest in the Middle East, but today the region braces itself for the awful possibility of broader conflict. Arash Azizi, The Atlantic, 12 Jan. 2024 The holy day commemorating the biblical story of the arrival of the three wise men bearing gifts, marks the end of the Christmas season. Anne Marie Lee, CBS News, 28 Dec. 2023 The holy day brought a number of alumni to the campus that weekend – former students on active duty with the IDF, who happened to bring their weapons. Eben Brown, Fox News, 28 Dec. 2023 Both wars began with surprise attacks on Jewish holy days. Dov Waxman, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2023 The rain didn’t interrupt the strict rhythms of the holy day. Ismail Ibrahim, Curbed, 2 Nov. 2023 The war between Israel and the terrorist organization known as Hamas started on Oct. 7, when the group launched a large surprise attack against Israel during one of its holy days; as of Tuesday, over 4,000 people have been killed so far, including 30 Americans. Asher Notheis, Washington Examiner, 17 Oct. 2023 Israeli television channels and newspapers have been filled in recent days with commemorations of that attack, the Yom Kippur War, so named for the holy day on which the 1973 conflict began. Raja Abdulrahim, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of holy day was before the 12th century

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“Holy day.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20day. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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holy day

: a day set aside for special religious observance

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