- 1A day of festivity or recreation when no work is done: December 25 is an official public holidayMore example sentences
- Special and often ostentatious efforts are mounted for public holidays and festivals.
- It also lets you know when there are public holidays, so that you can either avoid them or make sure you're there to join in!
- However, unlike the USA and Canada, Britain does not celebrate the harvest with an official public holiday.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Characteristic of a holiday; festive: a holiday atmosphereMore example sentences
- The appeal has come from the local St. Patrick's Day Parade organisers who want the town to take on a festive and holiday atmosphere for the weekend.
- There was a very relaxed holiday atmosphere in the village over the festive season.
- I have managed to get two weeks off which will be great, although it is only 2 weeks away I am beginning to feel festive and in full holiday mode.
- 1.2chiefly British (often holidays) A vacation: I spent my summer holidays on a farm Fred was on holiday in SpainMore example sentences
- She travelled to America on holiday for the second time in February 2001.
- Our parents are good friends and as children we went on camping trips and spent holidays together.
- Danny was a sixteen-year-old boy who she'd met on holiday in Spain last summer.
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- Spend a holiday in a specified place: he is holidaying in ItalyMore example sentences
- He flew with friends to Thailand on Wednesday, December 22 to spend three weeks holidaying on the coast.
- Fears were growing today for three York tourists who were holidaying in Thailand when the Asian earthquake struck.
- It is very much a romantic getaway with more couples holidaying there than families or single people.
Old English hāligdæg 'holy day'.