a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person.
any day of exemption from work (distinguished from working day).
a time or period of exemption from any requirement, duty, assessment, etc.: New businesses may be granted a one-year tax holiday.
Sometimes holidays. Chiefly British. a period of cessation from work or one of recreation; vacation.
an unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.
of or relating to a festival; festive; joyous: a holiday mood.
suitable for a holiday: holiday attire.
Chiefly British. to vacation: to holiday at the seaside.
- pre·hol·i·day, adjective
Other definitions for Holiday (2 of 2)
Billie "Lady Day", 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer.
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How to use holiday in a sentence
To that end, several companies are setting aside Election Day as a paid holiday to ensure that their organization safeguards rather than impedes employees’ ability to vote.Why CEOs must take action on democracy and election integrity—and how they can do it | matthewheimer | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
Shapps was forced to return early from a family holiday in Spain in July after the country was placed on the quarantine list.The U.K.’s ever-changing COVID travel rules are baffling a nation that just wants to get away | kdunn6 | August 22, 2020 | Fortune
Hi there, this is Katherine in London filling in for Eamon, who is off on a well-deserved holiday.
It remains to be seen whether consumers will return to stores in large numbers for holiday 2020 shopping.
On top of this, Prime Day has likely moved from Q3 to Q4, creating unprecedented crossover with the holiday buying season.How to prepare your e-commerce ad strategy for an uncertain Q4 | Sponsored Content: Pacvue | August 17, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Day a state holiday, 21 years after President Reagan made it a federal holiday.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference | Tim Mak | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
Otherwise, we will be but celebrating an empty holiday, missing its true meaning altogether.
Gävle Goat must be dreading the imminent holiday and his fifty-fifty chance of destruction.
Ascension being a holiday here, all we pianists made up a walking party out to Tiefurt, about two miles distant.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
For instance, few workmen will take a holiday; they prefer a "day's out" or "play."Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Isaacson did not visit Mrs. Chepstow again before he left London for his annual holiday.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
Indeed, it made me understand for the first time that even a Bank holiday need not be a day of wrath and mourning.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
In 1878 Mathieson and I took a short holiday together and crossed to Ireland.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for holiday (1 of 2)
(often plural) mainly British
a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation: US and Canadian word: vacation
(as modifier): a holiday mood
a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etc: Related adjective: ferial
(intr) mainly British to spend a holiday
British Dictionary definitions for Holiday (2 of 2)
Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer
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Other Idioms and Phrases with holiday
see busman's holiday.
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