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

How to pronounce holiday?

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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. Herbert Diess:

    We will only build vehicles in Wolfsburg after the (July 7-27) works holiday that fulfil the new standards.

  2. Marc Perrone:

    America's retail workers — union and non-union — are the heart of our economy and often the unsung heroes of the holiday season.

  3. Josie Williams:

    We've got a long, dry season ahead of us, we're hoping to get through the Fourth of July holiday.

  4. Tim Macy:

    Gun Owners of America devised a plan to slow things down over that three-day holiday to allow us, the National Rifle Association, other gun organizations to alert their members to call in and absolutely bury the United States Senate phone lines, email access and everything else with the threat of' You're going to lose all your races if you do this,' at the end of the three-day weekend, even the Republicans in the U.S. Senate who were saying' We've got to cave on something' -- all of a sudden Gun Owners of America backbones turned into titanium.

  5. Emily Post:

    Make sure that you emphasize that the time you're going to be spending together is time that you're looking forward to, because this can look like you don't want to spend that much time with them, start out by saying' we are so looking forward to spending the holiday with you, coming over for dinner,' whatever it is that you guys are going to be doing together, really emphasize how thrilled you are to be doing that.

Images & Illustrations of holiday

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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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