Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. A religious feast day; a holy day.
  • n. Chiefly British A vacation. Often used in the phrase on holiday.
  • intransitive v. Chiefly British To pass a holiday or vacation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
  • n. A day declared free from work by the government.
  • n. A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.
  • n. A period during which pupils and students do not attend their school or university.
  • n. A period taken off work or study for travel.
  • v. To take a period of time away from work or study.
  • v. To spend a period of time for travel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a festival; cheerful; joyous; gay.
  • adj. Occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion.
  • n. A consecrated day; religious anniversary; a day set apart in honor of some person, or in commemoration of some event. See holyday.
  • n. A day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement and gayety; a festival day.
  • n. A day fixed by law for suspension of business; a legal holiday.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A consecrated day; a religious anniversary; a day set apart for commemorating some important event or in honor of some person.
  • n. An occasion of joy and gaiety.
  • n. A day of exemption from labor, or of recreation and amusement; a day or a number of days during which ordinary occupations are suspended, either by an individual or by a community.
  • n. Nautical, a spot carelessly left uncoated in tarring or painting a ship or its appurtenances.
  • Pertaining to a festival; befitting a holiday; cheerful; joyous; hence, suited only to a holiday; dainty; not fitted for serious action or life.
  • To make holiday; go pleasuring; waste time in play.
  • n. The Christmas season.

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

  • n. leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure
  • v. spend or take a vacation
  • n. a day on which work is suspended by law or custom

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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holy +‎ day

Examples

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