- 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
- Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer
- (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
Word Origin and History for pre-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 pre-holiday
see busman's holiday.