Definition of public holiday in English:

public holiday


  • A nationally recognized day when most businesses and other institutions are closed.

    ‘residents regularly throng the beaches on public holidays’
    • ‘Australia Day is celebrated with a public holiday and celebrations in every State.’
    • ‘Each of the nine public holidays costs employers about €600 million in extra wage costs.’
    • ‘Paid public holidays and meal breaks are not at risk of being lost under the new industrial regime.’
    • ‘You have to work on public holidays and birthdays.’
    • ‘I hope the government will move swiftly to ensure that Easter Sunday is listed as a public holiday to ensure it is on a par with other holidays.’
    • ‘The play area is open at weekends and public holidays.’
    • ‘It will be a public holiday and I'm not going to work, so I have to come up with something to do.’
    • ‘New Year's Day is not a public holiday this time round, it falls on a Saturday.’
    • ‘The new entitlements imposed by the bill include a minimum rate of time and a half for those working on public holidays, in addition to an alternative day's leave.’
    • ‘Traffic on the normally congested highway was lighter than normal because Wednesday was a public holiday.’