- 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.
- a religious feast day; holy day, especially any of several usually commemorative holy days observed in Judaism.
- 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.
Origin of holiday
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- BillieLady Day, 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer.
Related Wordsfestivity, recess, festival, feast, anniversary, vacation, break, layoff, gala, celebration, leave, fete, fiesta, liberty, jubilee
Examples from the Web for holiday
Not long after the holiday presents are put away and the guests have gone home, another season begins.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
While traveling this holiday season, a relative and I were pulled over by a police officer.Obama Is Right on Race. The Media Is Wrong.
December 29, 2014
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.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
Judy, as depressing as she sounds in this song, just wants your holiday season to be happy.
They would have a holiday together, and then they would say good-bye.
The office had been closed, owing to a death, and Palmer was in possession of a holiday.
Won't your Professor give you a holiday from—is it microbes you study?The Bacillus of Beauty
It makes a holiday in Colchis whenever such a thing happens.Tanglewood Tales
It was holiday for the horses of the Sun, and away they went.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
- (often plural) mainly British
- 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
- a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etcRelated adjective: ferial
- (intr) mainly British to spend a holiday
- Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer
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.