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1. A day free from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which custom or the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate or celebrate a particular event.
2. A religious feast day; a holy day.
3. Chiefly British A vacation. Often used in the phrase on holiday.
intr.v. holi·dayed, holi·day·ing, holi·days Chiefly British
To pass a holiday or vacation.

[Middle English holidai, holy day, from Old English hālig dæg : hālig, holy; see holy + dæg, day; see day.]

hol′i·day′er n.
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(ˈhɒlɪˌdeɪ; -dɪ)
1. (often plural) chiefly
a. a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation. US and Canadian word: vacation
b. (as modifier): a holiday mood.
2. a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etc.
(intr) chiefly Brit to spend a holiday
[Old English hāligdæg, literally: holy day]


(Biography) Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer
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(ˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ) n.
1. a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person.
2. any day of exemption from work.
3. a period of exemption from burden: a holiday from worry.
4. a religious festival; holy day.
5. Sometimes, holidays.Chiefly Brit. vacation.
6. festive; joyous: a holiday mood.
7. suitable for a holiday: holiday attire.
8. to vacation.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English hāligdæg. See holy, day]
hol′i•day`er, n.


(ˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ)

Billie ( “Lady Day” ), 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer.
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In naval mine warfare, a gap left unintentionally during sweeping or minehunting arising from errors in navigation, station-keeping, dan laying, breakdowns or other causes.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.


1. 'holiday'

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.

The school had undergone repairs during the holiday.
One day after the Christmas holidays I rang her up.

You refer to a period of time spent away from home enjoying yourself as a holiday.

He thought that Vita needed a holiday.
I went to Marrakesh for a holiday.

When you spend a long period of time like this each year, you refer to it as your holidays.

Where are you going for your holidays?

Be Careful!
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.

Remember to turn off the gas when you go on holiday.

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.

Now that the holidays are over, we should take down our Christmas tree.
2. 'vacation'

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.

Harold used to take a vacation at that time.
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Past participle: holidayed
Gerund: holidaying

I holiday
you holiday
he/she/it holidays
we holiday
you holiday
they holiday
I holidayed
you holidayed
he/she/it holidayed
we holidayed
you holidayed
they holidayed
Present Continuous
I am holidaying
you are holidaying
he/she/it is holidaying
we are holidaying
you are holidaying
they are holidaying
Present Perfect
I have holidayed
you have holidayed
he/she/it has holidayed
we have holidayed
you have holidayed
they have holidayed
Past Continuous
I was holidaying
you were holidaying
he/she/it was holidaying
we were holidaying
you were holidaying
they were holidaying
Past Perfect
I had holidayed
you had holidayed
he/she/it had holidayed
we had holidayed
you had holidayed
they had holidayed
I will holiday
you will holiday
he/she/it will holiday
we will holiday
you will holiday
they will holiday
Future Perfect
I will have holidayed
you will have holidayed
he/she/it will have holidayed
we will have holidayed
you will have holidayed
they will have holidayed
Future Continuous
I will be holidaying
you will be holidaying
he/she/it will be holidaying
we will be holidaying
you will be holidaying
they will be holidaying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been holidaying
you have been holidaying
he/she/it has been holidaying
we have been holidaying
you have been holidaying
they have been holidaying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been holidaying
you will have been holidaying
he/she/it will have been holidaying
we will have been holidaying
you will have been holidaying
they will have been holidaying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been holidaying
you had been holidaying
he/she/it had been holidaying
we had been holidaying
you had been holidaying
they had been holidaying
I would holiday
you would holiday
he/she/it would holiday
we would holiday
you would holiday
they would holiday
Past Conditional
I would have holidayed
you would have holidayed
he/she/it would have holidayed
we would have holidayed
you would have holidayed
they would have holidayed
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Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasureholiday - 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"
leisure, leisure time - time available for ease and relaxation; "his job left him little leisure"
half-term - a short vacation about halfway through a school term; "he came to visit at half-term"
vac - informal term for vacation
picnic, outing, field day - a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering
honeymoon - a holiday taken by a newly married couple
paid vacation - a vacation from work by an employee with pay granted - 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"
feast day, fete day - a day designated for feasting
holy day, religious holiday - a day specified for religious observance
Christmas Eve, Dec 24 - the day before Christmas
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 - spend or take a vacationholiday - spend or take a vacation    
spend, pass - pass time in a specific way; "how are you spending your summer vacation?"
honeymoon - spend a holiday after one's marriage; "they plan to honeymoon in Hawai'i"
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1. vacation, leave, break, time off, recess, away day I've just come back from a holiday in the United States.
2. festival, bank holiday, festivity, public holiday, fête, celebration, anniversary, feast, red-letter day, mela, name day, saint's day, gala New Year's Day is a public holiday throughout Britain.
Related words
adjective ferial
"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]
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Chiefly British. A regularly scheduled period spent away from work or duty, often in recreation:
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أيام العُطلة الصيفِيَّهعُطْلَةيوم عُطْلَه، عيد
dovolenáprázdninyrekreačnísvátekvolný den
UrlaubFeiertagFerienFerientaggesetzlicher Feiertag
atostogautojasatostogosatostogosepoilsio diena
dovolenkovýprázdninovýsviatočnývoľný deň
ngày nghỉ


A. N (esp Brit) (= period) → vacaciones fpl; (= public) → fiesta f; (= day) → día m de fiesta, día m feriado, feriado m (LAm)
to be/go on holiday (Brit) → estar/ir de vacaciones
to take a holidaytomarse unas vacaciones
holidays with payvacaciones fpl retribuidas
tomorrow is a holidaymañana es fiesta
to declare a day a holidaydeclarar un día festivo
it was no holiday, I can tell youno fue ningún lecho de rosas, te lo aseguro
B. CPD holiday camp N (Brit) (at beach) → colonia f de veraneo, colonia f de vacaciones
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 moodtener 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 Nel espíritu festivo
holiday traffic Ntráfico m de las vacaciones
C. VI (Brit) → pasar las vacaciones
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(British) (= vacation) → vacances fpl
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!
(= time off work) → congé m (= day off) → jour m de congé
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
(public)jour m férié
Next Wednesday is a holiday → Mercredi prochain est un jour férié.
Tomorrow is a holiday
BUT Demain c'est férié. bank holiday
[destination] → de vacances, touristique
holiday plans
What are your holiday plans? → Quels sont tes projets pour les vacances ?
a holiday romance → un flirt de vacances holiday village, holiday cottage
(US) (= Christmas) the holiday season → la période de Noël, la période des fêtes (de fin d'année)holiday camp n
(British) (for children)colonie f de vacances
(= holiday centre) → camp m de vacancesholiday cottage nmaison f de vacancesholiday entitlement n (= number of days) nombre de jours de congé auquel on a droit
to take one's full holiday entitlement → prendre tous les jours de congé auxquels on a droitholiday home nmaison f de vacancesholiday job n (British)job m de vacancesholiday-maker holidaymaker [ˈhɒlɪdeɪmeɪkər] n (British)vacancier/ière m/fholiday pay ncongés mpl payésholiday rep (British) n (= travel rep, tour rep) → accompagnateur/trice m/fholiday resort nstation f touristiqueholiday season npériode f des vacancesholiday spirit nambiance f de vacancesholiday traffic n (leaving)départs mpl en vacances; (returning)retours mpl de vacancesholiday village nvillage 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.
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(= day off)freier Tag; (= public holiday)Feiertag m; to take a holidayeinen Tag freinehmen
(esp Brit: = period) often plFerien pl, → Urlaub m; (Sch) → Ferien pl; the school/Christmas holidaysdie Schul-/Weihnachtsferien pl; on holidayin den Ferien, auf or im Urlaub; to go on holidayFerien/Urlaub machen; where are you going for your holiday(s)?wo fahren Sie in den Ferien/im Urlaub hin?, wo machen Sie Ferien/Urlaub?; to take a holidayUrlaub nehmen or machen; to take one’s holidaysseinen Urlaub nehmen; I need a holidayich bin ferienreif; to take a month’s holidayeinen Monat Urlaub nehmen; holiday with pay, paid holidaysbezahlter Urlaub; it was no holiday, I can tell youich kann dir sagen, das war alles andere als eine Erholung
vi (esp Brit) → Ferien or Urlaub machen


in cpds (esp Brit) → Ferien-, Urlaubs-;
holiday apartment
holiday camp
nFeriendorf nt
holiday clothes
plUrlaubskleidung f
holiday destination
nUrlaubs- or Ferienziel nt
holiday entitlement
holiday feeling
nUrlaubsstimmung f
holiday guest
n (esp Brit) → Feriengast m
holiday home
nFerienhaus nt/-wohnung f
holiday job
nFerienjob m
nUrlauber(in) m(f)
holiday mood
nUrlaubsstimmung f
holiday resort
nFerienort m
holiday season
nUrlaubszeit f
holiday traffic
nReiseverkehr m
holiday trip
nUrlaubsreise f
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1. n (vacation) → vacanza; (from work) → ferie fpl; (day off) → giorno di vacanza
the school holidays → le vacanze scolastiche
holiday with pay → ferie pagate or retribuite
public holiday → festa (nazionale)
to be on holiday → essere in vacanza
2. adj (town) → di villeggiatura
holiday atmosphere → aria di vacanza
holiday spirit → spirito vacanziero
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(ˈholədi) noun
1. a day when one does not have to work. Next Monday is a holiday.
2. (often in plural) a period of time when one does not have to work. The summer holidays will soon be here; We're going to Sweden for our holiday(s); I'm taking two weeks' holiday in June; (also adjective) holiday clothes.
ˈholidaymaker noun
a person who has gone eg to the seaside for a holiday.
on holiday
not working; having a holiday. Mr Smith has gone on holiday; She is on holiday in France.
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عُطْلَة dovolená ferie Urlaub διακοπές vacaciones loma vacances odmor vacanza 休暇 휴일 vakantie ferie urlop férias отдых semester วันหยุด tatil ngày nghỉ 假日
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And now his school years seemed like a holiday that had come to an end.
'He had arranged to start for England to-morrow, and to leave you and Lady Montbarry and the children to enjoy your holiday in Venice, under my care.
Philip wanted to take lodgings, but Mildred said that she would have to do housekeeping, and it would only be a holiday for her if they went to a boarding-house.
"Cliff's Holiday" has been the name of it ever sin' I were a boy; that's to say, some said as it was the holiday Old Harry gev him from roasting, like.
Never had love been so much in the air, and never had the amorous atmosphere made itself so strongly felt in the Rostovs' house as at this holiday time.
Besides this, Konstantin Levin was not at his ease with his brother, because in summer in the country Levin was continually busy with work on the land, and the long summer day was not long enough for him to get through all he had to do, while Sergey Ivanovitch was taking a holiday. But though he was taking a holiday now, that is to say, he was doing no writing, he was so used to intellectual activity that he liked to put into concise and eloquent shape the ideas that occurred to him, and liked to have someone to listen to him.
So now, two days before the holiday, Martha had been twice to see Vasili Andreevich and had got from him wheat flour, tea, sugar, and a quart of vodka, the lot costing three rubles, and also five rubles in cash, for which she thanked him as for a special favour, though he owed Nikita at least twenty rubles.
You must understand that I cultivated the Fynes only in the country, in their holiday time.
It was a public holiday, and Fledgeby did not recover his spirits or his usual temperature of nose until the afternoon.
you who are born into these racing railroad times, when there's a Great Exhibition, or some monster sight, every year, and you can get over a couple of thousand miles of ground for three pound ten in a five-weeks' holiday, why don't you know more of your own birthplaces?
She left it, at the end of the year, to go home, as she said, for a short holiday, to which the time she had put in had certainly given her a right.
It chanced one day, as he was strolling down Market Street on the eve of his fortnight's holiday, that his eye was caught by certain railway bills, and in very idleness of mind he calculated that he might be home for Christmas if he started on the morrow.