from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any fixed or usual period for relaxation or festivity; especially, Christmas and New Year's day with the intervening time.


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  • I hope yet to finish before the holidays the first Allegro of my second Concerto [i.e., the one in E minor], and therefore I should in any case wait till after the holidays [to give a third concert], although I am convinced that I should have this time a still larger audience than formerly; for the haute volee has not yet heard me.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • Lady de Lawle declared that she could not be happy unless Mr and Mrs Peacocke would bring Jack home for the holidays to de Lawle Park.

    Dr. Wortle's School

  • So when faced with the opportunity to exercise my sexuality with Danny Idol, the hometown hero who was only around for the holidays … well, it was a pretty easy decision.

    Kiss It

  • Since the holidays she had not urged Lily to return to Bellomont, and the first time they met in town Lily fancied there was a shade of coldness in her manner.

    The House of Mirth

  • Every day in the holidays he is working up there and never, not once, Mrs Nightingale is going to see him.

    A Guilty Thing Surprised

  • He was up there most evenings natter ing with Quen, you see, and every day in the holidays to work.

    A Guilty Thing Surprised

  • In the holidays he spent a great deal of them with her and, having taken music lessons at her expense, played to her on the Bechstein in the drawing-room.

    Died in the Wool

  • Hurrah! say I; now a precious deal more glad am I to leave Oxford for the holidays than Eton, though Feniton is better than either. '

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • When, therefore, in the holidays of 1826 his youngest sister, Emilia, was ordered by the physicians to go to Reinerz, a watering-place in Prussian Silesia, the parents thought it advisable that the too diligent Frederick should accompany her, and drink whey for the benefit of his health.

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • Histrionic art also was cultivated in the holidays under the able management of uncle Eliot Yorke, M.P. The 'Wimpole Theatre' opened in 1796 with 'The Secret,' with Lady Anne, Lady Catherine and Lady Elizabeth Yorke and Viscount Royston as the caste.

    Charles Philip Yorke, Fourth Earl of Hardwicke, Vice-Admiral R.N.


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