What does holiday mean?

Definitions for holiday
ˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪhol·i·day

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word holiday.

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

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [Holy + day.]

  2. Holiday(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Holy + day.]

  3. Holiday(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Holy + day.]

  4. Holiday(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Holy + day.]

  5. Holiday(adj)

    occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion

    Etymology: [Holy + day.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Holiday

    hol′i-dā, n. a consecrated day: a religious festival: a day for the commemoration of some event: a day of idleness and amusement.—adj. befitting a holiday: cheerful.—Holiday speeches, fine but empty phrases. [Formerly holy day.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. holiday

    Any part left neglected or uncovered in paying or painting, blacking, or tarring.

Editors Contribution

  1. holiday

    Leisure time doing what we love with a passion.

    Holiday's are fantastic and everyone loves to have one.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Holiday

    The modern form of “Holy Day,” expressive of a great feast in the Church calendar.

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

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How to say holiday in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of holiday in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of holiday in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of holiday in a Sentence

  1. Cathleen Taff:

    We think it's a great start heading into these first couple weeks where we have the added benefit of holiday play.

  2. Jonathan Huskey:

    I don’t relish dressing up, and find it hard to relate to the insanity, but I’m enjoying the holiday more each year because my wife demands fun.

  3. Iraj Harirchi:

    Qassem Soleimani said. That was under Irans Shiite shah, toppled in the 1979 revolution. But even after, Iran fought off other outbreaks, and its hospitals, doctors and nurses are known as some of the best in the wider Middle East, with a network of clinics from villages to big cities. However, the system appears to be stretching at the seams, with online videos purporting to show field hospitals going up. Meanwhile, Irans Shiite 80 million people, whose sense of high risk has been dulled by years of international isolation, crowd into grocery stores and butcher shops, suspicious of anything in the state media. Nowruz, the Persian New Year, looms on Friday, a holiday when millions travel. The government repeatedly has stopped short of ordering any major travel restrictions. It hasnt explained why, but there could be worry about further angering its people or slowing down its anemic, sanctions-hurt economy. Online videos show Iranians ignoring government demands to stay home and moving instead toward the coast of the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Residents of hard-hit Rasht, on Irans Shiite coast, have threatened to attack out-of-towners. We expect that, God willing, we can contain the rising trend of the disease, not the disease itself, by March 26, but I say this very frankly : if the great people dont cooperate, the disease will continue to be there until late May or even in June, and turn into a huge crisis. CLICK HERE FOR MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE And the man who once called quarantines a thing of the past added :.

  4. Pioneer Woman:

    So on Sunday and Monday, I’m already chopping onions and carrots and celery for Thanksgiving. Every day I’m kind of working my way there. it just makes the day so much more fun because no one wants to go to a holiday party where the host is stressed, or she’s not there because she’s in the kitchen. I’m a big proponent of prepping ahead and planning ahead and the day-of, making it as easy as pie.

  5. James Corden:

    Only once, I went mad in 2007, i got massaged into madness. I went on a holiday in the Maldives and I was extremely bored, so I thought, ‘I’ll have another massage.’ I was having about 30 massages a day. At the end of the holiday, I felt a little strange… I got on the plane to go home, opened the newspaper reading the football results, and I burst into tears. And I couldn’t stop crying for three weeks. It was completely absurd… so I went to see shrinks then.

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Translations for holiday

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  • إجازة, عطلة, عطل, عيدArabic
  • bayramAzerbaijani
  • байрам көнө, ғәйет, ял, байрам, ял көнөBashkir
  • святаBelarusian
  • пра́зникBulgarian
  • ছুটির দিনBengali
  • dovolená, svátek, prázdninyCzech
  • уявChuvash
  • ferie, helligdag, fridagDanish
  • Urlaub, Ferien, gesetzlicher Feiertag, Feiertag, Ferienreise, reisenGerman
  • διακοπές, αργία, γιορτήGreek
  • lernejaj, libertempo, festotago, feriojEsperanto
  • [[día]] [[feriado]], fiesta, vacaciones, festividad, vacaciónSpanish
  • pühaEstonian
  • jaiegunBasque
  • عیدPersian
  • lomapäivä, juhlapäivä, aukko, loma, yleinen vapaapäivä, vapaapäivä, pyhäpäivä, matkustella, lomaillaFinnish
  • jour férié, congé, vacance, vacances, fêteFrench
  • lá saoire, saoire, laethanta saoireIrish
  • saor-làithean, làithean-saora, saor-latha, latha-fèilleScottish Gaelic
  • feaill, feailleyManx
  • חגHebrew
  • छुट्टी, ईद, चुट्टीHindi
  • szabadnap, vakáció, szünnap, szünet, ünnepnap, szabadság, szabadnapos, kirándul, szabadságon vanHungarian
  • տոն, արձակուրդArmenian
  • helgidagurIcelandic
  • vacanza, giorno festivo, ferieItalian
  • 休日, 祭り, 休暇, 祭日Japanese
  • დღესასწაულიGeorgian
  • айт, мейрамKazakh
  • ថ្ងៃឈប់សម្រាកKhmer
  • 축제일, 휴가, 휴일Korean
  • айт, майрамKyrgyz
  • feria, festum, cessatio, feriaeLatin
  • ມື້ພັກ, ມື້ພັກງານLao
  • одмор, празник, распуст, нера́ботен ден, пра́зник, отсуство, отсуствува, зема одморMacedonian
  • баярMongolian
  • vaganza, jum il-festa, btala, frankaMaltese
  • ferie, heilagdag, helligdagNorwegian
  • vakantie, feestdagDutch
  • heilagdag, ferieNorwegian Nynorsk
  • urlop, święto, wakacjePolish
  • férias, feriado, [[tirar]] [[férias]]Portuguese
  • отгу́л, выходно́й день, кани́кулы, плешь, опло́шность, пра́здник, о́тпуск, про́пуск, проводить отпуск, путешествовать, брать отпуск, отдыхать, проводить каникулыRussian
  • odmor, свечаник, svečanik, raspust, svetkovina, praznik, светковина, празникSerbo-Croatian
  • dovolená, sviatokSlovak
  • praznikSlovene
  • festëAlbanian
  • ledighet, helgdag, semester, högtid, lovSwedish
  • likizoSwahili
  • సెలవుTelugu
  • идTajik
  • วันหยุดThai
  • baýram, baýramçylykTurkmen
  • tatil, bayramTurkish
  • бәйрәмTatar
  • святоUkrainian
  • چھٹی, چٹّی, عیدUrdu
  • bayramUzbek
  • ngày lễVietnamese

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