bank holiday

See synonyms for bank holiday on
  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

First recorded in 1870–75

Words Nearby bank holiday Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bank holiday in a sentence

  • bank holiday courtship (if the inappropriate word can be pardoned) seems to be done, in real life, entirely by banter.

    Ceres' Runaway | Alice Meynell
  • It makes me sick to think of having to trust to an accident like that, like a lubberly cockney out for a boozy bank holiday sail.

    The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers

British Dictionary definitions for bank holiday

bank holiday

  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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