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 formspre·hol·i·day, adjective

Synonyms for holiday Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for holidaying

Contemporary Examples of holidaying

  • And French readers aren't waiting for holidaying talking heads to tell them what to think.

Historical Examples of holidaying

  • There was a letter from his wife now holidaying at the Neuk Hydropathic.


    John Buchan

  • It was the day before Christmas, I remembered, and people would be holidaying.


    John Buchan

  • Hunters fraternize in friendship at holidaying; but they no more tell each other secrets than rival editors at a banquet.

  • There is another lie about not holidaying West, which is not only persistent but cruel.

British Dictionary definitions for holidaying



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



(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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Word Origin and History for holidaying



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with holidaying


see busman's holiday.

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