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hol•i•day(ˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ) n.
In British English, you refer to a period of time that you are allowed to spend away from work or school as the holiday or the holidays.
You refer to a period of time spent away from home enjoying yourself as a holiday.
When you spend a long period of time like this each year, you refer to it as your holidays.
You usually use a determiner or a possessive in front of holiday or holidays. Don't say, for example, 'I went to Marrakesh for holidays.'
If you are on holiday, you are spending a period of time away from work or school, or you are spending some time away from home enjoying yourself.
In American English, a holiday is a single day or group of days when people do not work, often to commemorate an important event.
In British English, a day like this is called a bank holiday or a public holiday.
When Americans talk about the holidays, they mean the period at the end of the year that includes Christmas and the New Year; sometimes Thanksgiving (at the end of November) is also included in this.
The usual American word for a longer period of time spent away from work or school, or for a period of time spent away from home enjoying yourself, is vacation.
Past participle: holidayed
|Noun||1.||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"|
half-term - a short vacation about halfway through a school term; "he came to visit at half-term"
vac - informal term for vacation
honeymoon - a holiday taken by a newly married couple
paid vacation - a vacation from work by an employee with pay granted
|2.||holiday - 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"|
half-holiday - a day on which half is free from work or duty
day - a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance; "Mother's Day"
legal holiday, national holiday, public holiday - authorized by law and limiting work or official business
Poppy Day, Remembrance Day, Remembrance Sunday - the Sunday nearest to November 11 when those who died in World War I and World War II are commemorated
Ramanavami - Hindu lunar holiday (on the 9th day of Caitra) to celebrate the birth of Rama
Mesasamkranti - Hindu solar holiday at the beginning of the new astrological year when the sun enters the constellation Aries
|Verb||1.||holiday - spend or take a vacation |
honeymoon - spend a holiday after one's marriage; "they plan to honeymoon in Hawai'i"
"He capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth; he writes verses, he speaks of holiday, he smells April and May" [William Shakespeare The Merry Wives of Windsor]
to be/go on holiday (Brit) → estar/ir de vacaciones
to take a holiday → tomarse unas vacaciones
holidays with pay → vacaciones fpl retribuidas
tomorrow is a holiday → mañana es fiesta
to declare a day a holiday → declarar un día festivo
it was no holiday, I can tell you → no fue ningún lecho de rosas, te lo aseguro
holiday clothes NPL (Brit) → ropa fsing de veraneo
holiday home N (esp Brit) → casa f or piso m para ocupar durante las vacaciones
holiday job N (Brit) → trabajo m para las vacaciones
holiday mood N (Brit) to be in the holiday mood → tener un espíritu festivo
holiday pay N (esp Brit) → paga f de las vacaciones
holiday resort N (Brit) → lugar m de veraneo
holiday season N (Brit) → época f de vacaciones (US) → Navidades fpl
the holiday spirit N → el espíritu festivo
holiday traffic N → tráfico m de las vacaciones
I need a holiday → J'ai besoin de vacances.
Did you have a good holiday? → Tu as passé de bonnes vacances?
our holidays in France → nos vacances en France
to go on holiday → partir en vacances
to be on holiday → être en vacances
We are on holiday → Nous sommes en vacances.
the school holidays → les vacances scolaires
the Christmas holidays → les vacances de Noël
happy holidays! (US) (= Merry Christmas!) → joyeux Noël!
Every worker gets four weeks' paid holiday a year → Chaque salarié a droit à quatre semaines de congés payés par an.
He took a day's holiday → Il a pris un jour de congé.
to be on holiday → être en congé
What are your holiday plans? → Quels sont tes projets pour les vacances ?
a holiday romance → un flirt de vacances holiday village, holiday cottage
to take one's full holiday entitlement → prendre tous les jours de congé auxquels on a droitholiday home n → maison f de vacancesholiday job n (British) → job m de vacancesholiday-maker holidaymaker [ˈhɒlɪdeɪmeɪkər] n (British) → vacancier/ière m/fholiday pay n → congés mpl payésholiday rep (British) n (= travel rep, tour rep) → accompagnateur/trice m/fholiday resort n → station f touristiqueholiday season n → période f des vacancesholiday spirit n → ambiance f de vacancesholiday traffic n (leaving) → départs mpl en vacances; (returning) → retours mpl de vacancesholiday village n → village m de vacancesholier-than-thou [ˌhəʊliərðənˈðaʊ] adj (= self-righteous) [person, attitude] → bigot(e)
He has always been a bit holier-than-thou → Il a toujours été un peu bigot.
holidayin cpds (esp Brit) → Ferien-, Urlaubs-;
the school holidays → le vacanze scolastiche
holiday with pay → ferie pagate or retribuite
public holiday → festa (nazionale)
to be on holiday → essere in vacanza