half-holiday

[ haf-hol-i-dey, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ, ˈhɑf- /

noun

a holiday limited to half a working day or half an academic day.

QUIZZES

DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!

We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of half-holiday

First recorded in 1545–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for half-holiday

British Dictionary definitions for half-holiday

half holiday

noun

a day of which either the morning or the afternoon is a holiday
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012