from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A day on which banks are legally closed.
- n. Chiefly British A legal holiday when banks are ordered to remain closed.
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- n. In Great Britain and some other countries, a weekday, often a Monday, on which most businesses are closed and granted to workers as a national holiday.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several weekdays when banks are closed; a legal holiday in Britain
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There's a rumor the governor'll declare Monday a bank holiday and close the banks for as long as needed — it's just a matter of time before cash becomes available to stop the loss of confidence.