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[haf-hol-i-dey, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ, ˈhɑf-/
a holiday limited to half a working day or half an academic day.
Origin of half-holiday
First recorded in 1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The master does—when he gives them a half holiday or a blow out.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • For Travis had given a half holiday and all Cottontown was there.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • He didn't often allow himself a half holiday, and she liked to spend them with him.

    The Squire's Daughter Archibald Marshall
  • There was a whole holiday on Sunday and a half holiday on Wednesday.

  • Mr. Gregg came home from his office earlier than usual and took a half holiday in honour of the occasion.

  • For Edith and Star were coming, and a half holiday was cut out for their especial pleasure.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • There isn't a week summer or winter that I don't have one or more families of Carleton's gang out here for a half holiday.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • Berlin, Germany, gave the school children a half holiday to celebrate the sinking of the Lusitania.

    Poems of Purpose Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • He got a half holiday from the bank, and, shortly after dinner went to Tom's house.

    Tom Swift and his Airship Victor Appleton
  • Now he would declare a half holiday; now he would allow the students to sleep a half-hour later in the morning.

    Booker T. Washington

    Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for half holiday

half holiday

a day of which either the morning or the afternoon is a holiday
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