see also: Holiday
  • (British) IPA: /ˈhɒlɪdeɪ/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈhɑləˌdeɪ/

holiday (plural holidays)

  1. A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
    Today is a Wiccan holiday!
  2. A day declared free from work by the state or government.
  3. (chiefly, UK) A period of one or more days taken off work for leisure and often travel; often plural (US English: vacation).
  4. (chiefly, UK) (US English: vacation) A period during which pupils do not attend their school; often plural; rarely used for students at university (usually: vacation).
    I want to take a French course this summer holiday.
  5. A gap in coverage, e.g. of paint on a surface, or sonar imagery.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: jour férié
  • German: gesetzlicher Feiertag
  • Italian: giorno festivo
  • Portuguese: feriado
  • Russian: пра́здник
  • Spanish: día festivo (Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua); feriado (Argentina, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Uruguay); día feriado (Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Venezuela); día de fiesta (Cuba)
Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: vacanza
  • Russian: опло́шность

holiday (holidays, present participle holidaying; past and past participle holidayed) (chiefly, British)

  1. To take a period of time away from work or study.
  2. (British) To spend a period of time for travel.
  • Portuguese: tirar férias
  • Russian: брать о́тпуск
  • German: reisen, eine Ferienreise machen
  • Russian: путеше́ствовать

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. (US) The holiday season or Christmas season, especially when paired with a year.
    Holiday 2014

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