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holiday
American English: /ˈhɑləˌdeɪ/
British English: /ˈhɒlɪdeɪ/

Translation of holiday in Spanish:

noun

  • 1.1 (day) Thursday is a holiday
    el jueves es fiesta or día festivo
    el jueves es (día) feriado (Latin America)
    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.
    1.2 (period away from work)
    (especially British English) (often plural)
    vacaciones (feminine plural)
    I'm taking my holiday(s) in June
    me voy a tomar las vacaciones en junio
    voy a coger las vacaciones en junio (Spain)
    me voy a tomar la licencia en junio (Colombia) (Mexico) (River Plate area)
    we usually go abroad for our holiday(s)
    normalmente nos vamos de vacaciones al extranjero
    to go on holiday o one's holidays
    irse de vacaciones
    to be on holiday
    estar de vacaciones
    I spent my holidays abroad
    pasé mis vacaciones or (in Mexico also) vacacioné en el extranjero
    where do you spend your summer holidays?
    ¿dónde veraneas?
    I really need a holiday
    me hacen falta unas vacaciones
    it was good to have a holiday from the kids
    me vino muy bien descansar de los niños
    paid holiday(s), holiday(s) with pay
    vacaciones pagadas or retribuidas
    licencia or vacaciones con goce de sueldo (Southern Cone)
    how much holiday have you got left?
    ¿cuántos días de vacaciones te quedan?
    (before noun) (mood/feeling/spirit)
    (cottage/trip)
    de vacaciones
    what's your holiday entitlement?
    ¿cuántos días de vacaciones te corresponden?
    the holiday season
    la temporada de vacaciones
    (Christmas etc)
    las Navidades
    las fiestas de fin de año (Latin America)
    holiday traffic
    tráfico (masculine) vacacional or de las vacaciones
    1.3
    (British English) (Sch, Univ) (often plural)
    vacaciones (feminine plural)
    during the (school) holiday(s)
    durante las vacaciones (escolares) or (in Chile also) el feriado (escolar)
    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.

intransitive verb

  • (especially British English)
    pasar las vacaciones
    (in summer)
    we're holidaying in Spain/at home this year
    este año pasaremos las vacaciones en España/no saldremos fuera de vacaciones
    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.

Cultural Note: holidays

En el inglés americano el término se aplica solo a los días festivos. La importancia de cada uno de estos determinará si se trabaja o no. Los principales día festivos federales son el día de Año Nuevo, Inauguration Day (20 de enero), el tercer lunes de enero (nacimiento de Martin Luther King Jr), el tercer lunes de febrero ( President's Day o Washington's birthday), el último lunes de mayo Memorial Day, el 4 de julio Independence Day o the Fourth of July), el primer lunes de septiembre Labor Day, el segundo lunes de octubre ( Columbus day o Discovery Day), el 11 de noviembre Veterans Day, el cuarto jueves de noviembre Thanksgiving y el 25 de diciembre, día de Navidad.

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