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holiday
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Etymology
From Middle English halyday, holyday, halidei, haliȝdei, from Old English hāliġdæġ (“holy day, Sabbath”), equivalent to holy +‎ day. Compare West Frisianhjeldei (“holiday”), Danish helligdag (“holiday”), Norwegian helligdag (“holiday”), Swedishhelgdag (“holiday, feast”).
Pronunciation
Noun
holiday (plural holidays)
  1. A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
    Synonyms: feast day, holy day
    Today is a Wiccan holiday!
  2. A day declared free from work by the state or government.
  3. (chiefly Britain, Australia) A period of one or more days taken off work for leisure and often travel; often plural.
    Synonyms: leave, time off, (US) vacation; see also Thesaurus:vacation
    1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
    No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or […] . And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.
  4. (chiefly Britain, Australia) A period during which pupils do not attend their school; often plural; rarely used for students at university (usually: vacation).
    Synonym: (US) vacation
    I want to take a French course this summer holiday.
  5. (finance) A period during which, by agreement, the usual payments are not made.
    a mortgage payment holiday
  6. A gap in coverage, e.g. of paint on a surface, or sonar imagery.[1]
    Synonym: lacuna
Derived terms
Translations
day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed
day declared free from work by the government
period of one or more days taken off work for leisure and often travel
period during which pupils do not attend school
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Verb
holiday (third-person singular simple presentholidays, present participle holidaying, simple past and past participle holidayed) (chiefly Britain)
  1. To take a period of time away from work or study.
  2. (Britain) To spend a period of time for travel.
Translations
to take a period of time away from work or study
to spend a period of time for travel
References
^ holiday” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
Anagrams
hyaloid, hyoidal
Middle English
Noun
holiday
Alternative form of halyday
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