Definition of holiday in English:


Syllabification: hol·i·day
Pronunciation: /ˈhäliˌdā


  • 1A day of festivity or recreation when no work is done: December 25 is an official public holiday
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    • 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.
    day of observance, festival, feast day, fête, fiesta, celebration, anniversary, jubilee; saint's day, holy day
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Characteristic of a holiday; festive: a holiday atmosphere
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    • 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 Spain
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    • 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.
    vacation, break, rest, respite, recess; time off, time out, leave, furlough, sabbatical, spring break; trip, tour, journey, voyage
    informal getaway, staycation
    formal sojourn


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  • Spend a holiday in a specified place: he is holidaying in Italy
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    • 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'.

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