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bank holiday

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noun
  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.
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Origin of bank holiday

First recorded in 1870–75
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Historical Examples

  • The weather was all that could be wished, the crossing resembled a bank-holiday excursion.

    The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for bank holiday

bank holiday

noun
  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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