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Syllabification: hol·i·day
Pronunciation: /ˈhäləˌdā

Definition of holiday in English:


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;
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;
trip, tour, journey, voyage
informal getaway, staycation
formal sojourn


[no object] chiefly British Back to top  
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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