[ hol-i-dey ]
/ ˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ /



of or relating to a festival; festive; joyous: a holiday mood.
suitable for a holiday: holiday attire.

verb (used without object)

Chiefly British. to vacation: to holiday at the seaside.

Origin of holiday

before 950; Middle English; Old English hāligdæg. See holy, day

Related forms

pre·hol·i·day, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for holidaying

British Dictionary definitions for holidaying (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɒlɪˌdeɪ) /


Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer

British Dictionary definitions for holidaying (2 of 2)


/ (ˈhɒlɪˌdeɪ, -dɪ) /


(often plural) mainly British
  1. a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreationUS and Canadian word: vacation
  2. (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

Word Origin for holiday

Old English hāligdæg, literally: holy day
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Idioms and Phrases with holidaying


see busman's holiday.

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