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.
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
Synonyms for holiday
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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 for holiday
Old English hāligdæg, literally: holy day
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see busman's holiday.
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