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holiday

Line breaks: holi|day
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒlɪdeɪ
 
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chiefly British

Definition of holiday in English:

noun

1 (often holidays) An extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling: I spent my summer holidays on a farm Fred was on holiday in Spain
More 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.
Synonyms
break, rest, period of leave, day off, week off, month off, recess, school holiday, half-term;
trip, tour, journey, expedition, voyage;
North American vacation
informal hols, vac, staycation
North American informal vacay
formal sojourn
1.1A day of festivity or recreation when no work is done: 25 December is an official public holiday
More 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.
Synonyms
public holiday, bank holiday, festival, festival day, feast day, gala day, carnival day, fete, fiesta, festivity, celebration, anniversary, jubilee;
saint's day, holy day, religious festival, day of observance
1.2 [as modifier] Characteristic of a holiday; festive: a holiday atmosphere
More 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.
2 [with modifier] A short period during which the payment of instalments, tax, etc. may be suspended: a pension holiday
More example sentences
  • In some circumstances - though this is relatively rare - a creditor may be prepared to give you a short payment holiday.
  • Of course on the other hand, we could lose out on the house we want to purchase, lose our buyer and get into real financial difficulty when our mortgage payment holiday ends next month.
  • The added bonus is that that I only need to make one repayment in the first five months and I can have a month's payment holiday every single year for the term of the loan.

verb

[no object, with adverbial of place] Back to top  
Spend a holiday in a specified place: he is holidaying in Italy
More 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.

Origin

Old English hāligdæg 'holy day'.

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  • high from (Old English):

    High is one of those small words that plays a part in a large number of expressions. In the calendar of the Christian Church there used to be two sorts of special day: a high day and a holiday. Holiday (Old English) was originally holy day and was a day set apart for religious observance. A high day was a much more important religious festival commemorating a particular sacred person or event. These together give us high days and holidays. Being high on drugs is associated with the 1960s, but the expression goes back at least to the 1930s. Alcohol can also be classed as a drug, and you can read of a man being ‘high with wine’ as early as 1627.

    The first records of high, wide, and handsome, ‘expansive and impressive’, are from US newspapers in the 1880s. In 1932 a book on Yankee Slang comments that it is a common shout at rodeos: ‘Ride him, Cowboy, high, wide, and handsome.’ The expression to be for the high jump might conjure up athletics, but behind it lies a much grimmer scene. It dates from the early 20th century, when it was a slang term used by soldiers to mean ‘to be put on trial before your commanding officer’. The image is actually of a person being executed by hanging, with the jump being the effect of the gallows trapdoor being suddenly opened beneath their feet. See also hog

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