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holiday

Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːlədeɪ; ˈhɒlɪdeɪ/

Translation of holiday in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 (day) fiesta (feminine), día (masculine) festivo, (día (masculine)) feriado (masculine) (Latin America/América Latina) Thursday is a holiday el jueves es fiesta or día festivo, el jueves es (día) feriado (Latin America/América Latina)
    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/especialmente inglés británico) (often plural/frecuentemente plural) vacaciones (feminine plural), licencia (feminine) (Colombia) (Mexico/México) (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) I'm taking my holiday(s) in June me voy a tomar las vacaciones en junio, voy a coger las vacaciones en junio (Spain/España) , me voy a tomar la licencia en junio (Colombia) (Mexico/México) (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) 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/en México también) 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/Cono Sur) how much holiday have you got left? ¿cuántos días de vacaciones te quedan? (before noun/delante del nombre) [mood/feeling/spirit] festivo; [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/América Latina) holiday traffic tráfico (masculine) vacacional or de las vacaciones 1.3 (British English/inglés británico) [Sch] [Univ] (often plural/frecuentemente plural) vacaciones (feminine plural) during the (school) holiday(s) durante las vacaciones (escolares) or (in Chile also/en Chile también) 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/verbo intransitivo

  • (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) pasar las vacaciones, vacacionar (Mexico/México) ; (in summer) veranear we're holidaying in Spain/at home this year este año pasaremos las vacaciones en España/no saldremos fuera de vacaciones

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