from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a day on which half of the day is free from work or duty; a holiday of one half of a day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Half of a day given up to recreation; a day on which work is carried on only during half or a part of the usual working-hours.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a day on which half is free from work or duty


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  • I came into it in that dead hour of the afternoon which is neither after lunch nor before tea, nor anything else even on a half-holiday; and I had a fantastic feeling that I had strayed into a lost and extra hour that is not numbered in the twenty-four.

    February 11th, 2009

  • The Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, for instance, serves notice on the Master Builders 'Association that it demands an increase of the wage of its members from $3.50 a day to $4.00, and a Saturday half-holiday without pay.


  • Also, they expect the Saturday half-holiday to give work to one additional man for each eleven previously employed.


  • It was a fine summer day, and our little school had obtained a half-holiday, by the intercession of a good-humoured visitor. 3 3

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • This is the day of our rifle-club; there is little business to do; I grant a half-holiday.

    No Thoroughfare

  • Oh! for a half-holiday, and a quiet corner, and one of those books again!

    Roundabout Papers

  • There were no hoops, no cricket-bats, as usual on a half-holiday.

    Mens Wives

  • It was Wednesday, a half-holiday, as everybody knows, and boiled-beef day at Slaughter House.

    Mens Wives

  • And our naval annals owe some of their interest to the fantastic and beautiful appearance of old warships and the romance that invests the sea and everything sea-going in the eyes of English lads on a half-holiday at the coast.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • It is in this way that a schoolboy hears of a half-holiday; but this was

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers


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