- a weekday on which banks are closed by law; legal holiday.
- British. a secular day on which banks are closed, obligations then falling due being performable on the following secular day.
Origin of bank holiday
First recorded in 1870–75
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The weather was all that could be wished, the crossing resembled a bank-holiday excursion.
- (in Britain) any of several weekdays on which banks are closed by law and which are observed as national holidays
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