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bank holiday

noun
1.
a weekday on which banks are closed by law; legal holiday.
2.
British. a secular day on which banks are closed, obligations then falling due being performable on the following secular day.
Origin of bank holiday
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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  • But to-day, of course, is a half-day, because of yesterday's bank holiday.

  • It might have been a crowd out for enjoyment of a bank holiday.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • One can stand that sort of thing on a summer bank holiday; one expects it.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • But to have a bad December bank holiday is too much of a bad thing.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • "It's bank holiday," Mrs. Drabdump reminded him in tones of acute surprise.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • It was a bank holiday, and I walked pensively about the outskirts of a big town.

    At Large Arthur Christopher Benson
  • I hope you'll be able to dine with us on bank holiday, Mr. Lundell?

    The Red Room August Strindberg
  • Was it on a Monday morning, the first after the bank holiday?

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for bank holiday

bank holiday

noun
1.
(in Britain) any of several weekdays on which banks are closed by law and which are observed as national holidays
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