- a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person.
- any day of exemption from work (distinguished from working day).
- a time or period of exemption from any requirement, duty, assessment, etc.: New businesses may be granted a one-year tax holiday.
- a religious feast day; holy day, especially any of several usually commemorative holy days observed in Judaism.
- Sometimes holidays. Chiefly British. a period of cessation from work or one of recreation; vacation.
- an unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.
- of or relating to a festival; festive; joyous: a holiday mood.
- suitable for a holiday: holiday attire.
- Chiefly British. to vacation: to holiday at the seaside.
Origin of holiday
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Examples from the Web for holidaying
And French readers aren't waiting for holidaying talking heads to tell them what to think.The DSK Maid Tells All
July 26, 2011
There was a letter from his wife now holidaying at the Neuk Hydropathic.Huntingtower
It was the day before Christmas, I remembered, and people would be holidaying.Greenmantle
Hunters fraternize in friendship at holidaying; but they no more tell each other secrets than rival editors at a banquet.The Story of the Trapper
A. C. Laut
There is another lie about not holidaying West, which is not only persistent but cruel.Through Our Unknown Southwest
Agnes C. Laut
- Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer
- (often plural) mainly British
- a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreationUS and Canadian word: vacation
- (as modifier)a holiday mood
- a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etcRelated adjective: ferial
- (intr) mainly British to spend a holiday
Word Origin and History for holidaying
1500s, earlier haliday (c.1200), from Old English haligdæg "holy day; Sabbath," from halig "holy" (see holy) + dæg "day" (see day); in 14c. meaning both "religious festival" and "day of recreation," but pronunciation and sense diverged 16c. As a verb meaning "to pass the holidays" by 1869.
Idioms and Phrases with holidaying
see busman's holiday.