Definitions for holiday
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word holiday.
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"
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"
spend or take a vacation
A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
A day declared free from work by the government.
A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.
A period during which pupils and students do not attend their school or university.
I want to take a French course this summer holiday.
A period taken off work or study for travel.
An unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.
To take a period of time away from work or study.
To spend a period of time for travel.
Holiday is a song released by the Bee Gees in the United States in September 1967. It appeared on the album Bee Gees' 1st. The song was not released as a single in their native United Kingdom because Polydor UK released the single "World" from their next album Horizontal. The song was prominently featured in the South Korean film Nowhere to Hide(Korean: 인정사정 볼 것 없다; RR: Injeong sajeong bol geot eobtda). It later featured in the South Korean television series Reply 1997, and South Korean girl group Red Velvet's Level Up Project, as a contrast to the song of the same name by SM Entertainment labelmate, Girl's Generation. One of the robots sang the song in the "Mitchell" episode of the American television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000.
A holiday is a day or period of time set aside for leisure, celebration, relaxation, or commemoration of a specific event, tradition, or person of significance. It often involves a break from regular activities such as work or school and can be designated by a government, religious institution, or cultural group. Holidays can be public or private and may involve various customs, rituals, or festivities.
a consecrated day; religious anniversary; a day set apart in honor of some person, or in commemoration of some event. See Holyday
a day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement and gayety; a festival day
a day fixed by law for suspension of business; a legal holiday
of or pertaining to a festival; cheerful; joyous; gay
occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion
Etymology: [Holy + day.]
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
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
Any part left neglected or uncovered in paying or painting, blacking, or tarring.
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
The modern form of “Holy Day,” expressive of a great feast in the Church calendar.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Holiday is ranked #5089 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Holiday surname appeared 6,881 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Holiday.
49.4% or 3,404 total occurrences were Black.
36.1% or 2,486 total occurrences were White.
8.9% or 618 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
2.9% or 200 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2% or 139 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
0.4% or 34 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'holiday' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1495
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'holiday' in Written Corpus Frequency: #826
Rank popularity for the word 'holiday' in Nouns Frequency: #420
The numerical value of holiday in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of holiday in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.
We’ve started a holiday tradition. Unfortunately, the holiday tradition is spending a holiday in an emergency room next to the bed of a police officer that was shot again, yes, there are guns on the streets but perps aren’t afraid to carry them. They’re not afraid to put it on their belt, put it in their pocket and pull it out on a police officer. That’s the problem.
We’re experiencing post-holiday promotions even before the holiday is in full swing.
Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living
I don't want to spend the next two years in Holiday Inns.
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- إجازة, عطلة, عطل, عيدArabic
- байрам көнө, ғәйет, ял, байрам, ял көнөBashkir
- ছুটির দিনBengali
- dovolená, svátek, prázdninyCzech
- ferie, helligdag, fridagDanish
- Urlaub, Ferien, gesetzlicher Feiertag, Feiertag, Ferienreise, reisenGerman
- διακοπές, αργία, γιορτήGreek
- lernejaj, libertempo, festotago, feriojEsperanto
- [[día]] [[feriado]], fiesta, vacaciones, festividad, vacaciónSpanish
- 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
- छुट्टी, ईद, चुट्टीHindi
- szabadnap, vakáció, szünnap, szünet, ünnepnap, szabadság, szabadnapos, kirándul, szabadságon vanHungarian
- տոն, արձակուրդArmenian
- vacanza, giorno festivo, ferieItalian
- 休日, 祭り, 休暇, 祭日Japanese
- айт, мейрамKazakh
- 축제일, 휴가, 휴일Korean
- айт, майрамKyrgyz
- feria, festum, cessatio, feriaeLatin
- ມື້ພັກ, ມື້ພັກງານLao
- одмор, празник, распуст, нера́ботен ден, пра́зник, отсуство, отсуствува, зема одморMacedonian
- 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
- ledighet, helgdag, semester, högtid, lovSwedish
- baýram, baýramçylykTurkmen
- tatil, bayramTurkish
- چھٹی, چٹّی, عیدUrdu
- ngày lễVietnamese
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