verb (used without object)
Definition for holiday (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for holiday
Not long after the holiday presents are put away and the guests have gone home, another season begins.
While traveling this holiday season, a relative and I were pulled over by a police officer.
It was popularized as a holiday dessert in 16th-century England and also is known as Christmas pudding or plum pudding.
But asked if he would say “Merry Christmas” to someone who he knew did not celebrate the holiday, he paused for several seconds.
Judy, as depressing as she sounds in this song, just wants your holiday season to be happy.
The life that is to be our real blessedness, and that has no need to give itself a holiday, as yet.Faith Gartney's Girlhood|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Then Straker went away for his own holiday, and when he came back he had lost sight of Furnival.The Return of the Prodigal|May Sinclair
Irritable in the hotel hall, he perceived that this "friendship" threatened his holiday with a disastrous end.To Tell You the Truth|Leonard Merrick
My friend the rector has shortened his holiday, and has resumed his duties in the country.The New Magdalen|Wilkie Collins
Was this the well-known, uneventful road, where holiday people strolled on Sundays?The Woman in White|Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for holiday (1 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin for holiday
British Dictionary definitions for holiday (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for holiday
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 holiday
see busman's holiday.