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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. 2017.
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  • Mrs. Tellingham gave a half holiday and engaged enough stages besides Noah's old Ark, to take all the girls to the play.

  • For Travis had given a half holiday and all Cottontown was there.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • Such events, be it mentioned, were usually attended by cuts and in the higher spheres with even a half holiday.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • He didn't often allow himself a half holiday, and she liked to spend them with him.

    The Squire's Daughter Archibald Marshall
  • He got a half holiday from the bank, and, shortly after dinner went to Tom's house.

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

  • We have this forenoon as a half holiday, and papa is to join us in about an hour for a walk in the woods.

    Algonquin Indian Tales Egerton R. Young
  • For Edith and Star were coming, and a half holiday was cut out for their especial pleasure.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • There was a whole holiday on Sunday and a half holiday on Wednesday.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for half holiday

half holiday

a day of which either the morning or the afternoon is a holiday
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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