Definitions for holidayˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hol•i•dayˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ

  1. (n.)a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person.

  2. any day of exemption from work.

  3. a period of exemption from burden:

    a holiday from worry.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. a religious festival; holy day.

  5. Sometimes, holidays.Chiefly Brit.

    Category: British

    Ref: vacation.

  6. (adj.)festive; joyous:

    a holiday mood.

  7. suitable for a holiday:

    holiday attire.

  8. (v.i.)to vacation.

Origin of holiday:

bef. 950; ME; OE hāligdæg. See holy , day


Hol•i•dayˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ(n.)

  1. Billie (“Lady Day”), 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vacation, holiday(noun)

    leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure

    "we get two weeks of vacation every summer"; "we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico"

  2. holiday(verb)

    a day on which work is suspended by law or custom

    "no mail is delivered on federal holidays"; "it's a good thing that New Year's was a holiday because everyone had a hangover"

  3. vacation, holiday(verb)

    spend or take a vacation

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. holiday(noun)ˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ

    a special day when people do not have to go to work

    a public holiday; Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

  2. holidayˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ


    Where are you going on holiday?; the summer/Easter/Christmas holidays


  1. holiday(Noun)

    A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.

  2. holiday(Noun)

    A day declared free from work by the government.

  3. holiday(Noun)

    A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.

  4. holiday(Noun)

    A period during which pupils and students do not attend their school or university.

    I want to take a French course this summer holiday.

  5. holiday(Noun)

    A period taken off work or study for travel.

  6. holiday(Noun)

    An unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.

  7. holiday(Verb)

    To take a period of time away from work or study.

  8. holiday(Verb)

    To spend a period of time for travel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Holiday(noun)

    a consecrated day; religious anniversary; a day set apart in honor of some person, or in commemoration of some event. See Holyday

  2. Holiday(noun)

    a day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement and gayety; a festival day

  3. Holiday(noun)

    a day fixed by law for suspension of business; a legal holiday

  4. Holiday(adj)

    of or pertaining to a festival; cheerful; joyous; gay

  5. Holiday(adj)

    occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion


  1. Holiday

    A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law in which normal activities, especially business or work, are to be suspended or reduced. Generally holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate something of cultural or religious significance. Holidays may be designated by governments, religious institutions, or other groups or organizations. The degree to which normal activities are reduced by a holiday may depend on local laws, customs, or even personal choices. The concept of holidays has most often originated as religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as anything else. In many societies there are important distinctions between holidays designated by governments and holidays designated by religious institutions. In many predominantly Christian nations, for example, government-designed holidays may center around Christian holidays though non-Christians may instead observe religious holidays associated with their faith. In some cases, a holiday may only be nominally observed. For example, many Jews in the Americas and Europe treat the relatively minor Jewish holiday of Chanukah as a working holiday, changing very little of their daily routines for this day.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'holiday' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1495

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'holiday' in Written Corpus Frequency: #826

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'holiday' in Nouns Frequency: #420

Anagrams of holiday

  1. hyaloid

Translations for holiday

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a day when one does not have to work

Next Monday is a holiday.

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