Definition of holiday in English:



  • 1A day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.

    ‘December 25 is an official public holiday’
    • ‘Workers in the UK have fewer public holidays than anywhere else in the European Union.’
    • ‘I remember joining in the singing and general festivities of the Jubilee holiday.’
    • ‘Today is one of Bermuda's most celebrated public holidays: May 24th, or Bermuda Day.’
    • ‘In the UK all public holidays except those around Christmas are guaranteed to fall on a Monday or Friday.’
    • ‘Special and often ostentatious efforts are mounted for public holidays and festivals.’
    • ‘More people may also be free to attend the gathering because Wednesday is a public holiday to celebrate the traditional Dragon Boat Festival.’
    • ‘For example, there is the issue of excessive public holidays, which have crossed 100 in a year.’
    • ‘Last week, Monday and Friday were both public holidays, and so was Monday this week.’
    • ‘Nigerian Americans also celebrate the major public holidays in the United States.’
    • ‘On the Monday the country enjoyed a public holiday to celebrate the Queen's Birthday.’
    • ‘The day has been declared an official holiday and is celebrated in all parts of Bulgaria.’
    • ‘It also lets you know when there are public holidays, so that you can either avoid them or make sure you're there to join in!’
    • ‘Secular celebrations and public holidays are much more numerous than religious celebrations.’
    • ‘They celebrate a public holiday here on Monday, its Discovery Day.’
    • ‘Prices differ after noon on Saturdays, on Sundays and on public holidays.’
    • ‘Public holidays in the Bahamas include the major holy days of the Christian calendar.’
    • ‘And don't even think about suggesting I come in at weekends or on public holidays.’
    • ‘Idd-ul-Fitr is a Muslim festival and public holiday that is celebrated on the sighting of the new moon at the end of the calendar year.’
    • ‘We've got a four day week here due to public holidays, and as usual, I have seven days worth of work to try to cram in.’
    • ‘However, unlike the USA and Canada, Britain does not celebrate the harvest with an official public holiday.’
    public holiday, bank holiday, festival, festival day, feast day, gala day, carnival day, fete, fiesta, festivity, celebration, anniversary, jubilee
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    1. 1.1[as modifier]Characteristic of a holiday; festive.
      ‘a holiday atmosphere’
      • ‘The Algarve caters for golf enthusiasts and those in search of a relaxed holiday atmosphere.’
      • ‘The appeal has come from the local St. Patrick's Day Parade organisers who want the town to take on a festive and holiday atmosphere for the weekend.’
      • ‘It kind of puts a damper on the festive holiday spirit.’
      • ‘The shop itself is bright and airy, enhancing the holiday atmosphere of the style.’
      • ‘There was a very relaxed holiday atmosphere in the village over the festive season.’
      • ‘My favourite working place has to be the Alps - the scenery, the fresh clean air, the calm, the holiday atmosphere.’
      • ‘Everyone, it seems, is in festive holiday mode.’
      • ‘They set a tranquil holiday atmosphere which is just what is needed for strollers wanting a glimpse of the sea and to smell the salt.’
      • ‘In some places, it was business as usual, but many parts of the city were still influenced by the holiday atmosphere, and people were reluctant to work.’
      • ‘Tom Jenkins and the Palm Court Orchestra, playing on a palm and fern bedecked platform, brought a holiday atmosphere to St. George's Hall on Saturday.’
      • ‘But many groups came again and enjoyed the holiday atmosphere.’
      • ‘Here at Rockefeller Center at New York City, the Christmas, or holiday spirit, is alive and well.’
      • ‘To add the holiday atmosphere, balloons were placed on each table.’
      • ‘I have managed to get two weeks off which will be great, although it is only 2 weeks away I am beginning to feel festive and in full holiday mode.’
      jolly, merry, joyous, joyful, happy, jovial, light-hearted, cheerful, cheery, jubilant, convivial, good-time, high-spirited, gleeful, mirthful, uproarious, rollicking, backslapping, hilarious
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    2. 1.2British A vacation.
      ‘I spent my summer holidays on a farm’
      ‘Fred was on holiday in Spain’
      • ‘Since childhood, he had spent holidays in Exeter with relatives.’
      • ‘I also make a conscious choice to go on holiday before hordes of children go, as I have had my family and now wish to relax when I go on my holidays.’
      • ‘Danny was a sixteen-year-old boy who she'd met on holiday in Spain last summer.’
      • ‘I just want to get away on holiday and let things take care of themselves really.’
      • ‘I will be on holiday for the next three weeks.’
      • ‘It was the school holidays, and the place was teaming with people, families, youth groups, holiday clubs.’
      • ‘After all, no tourists ever went on holiday to this barren spot!’
      • ‘Let's have a two-week break and go on holiday next January.’
      • ‘I used to care for neighbours horses when they went away on holiday and travel to shows with them to help out.’
      • ‘Mr Carlyle said he was touring Scotland on holiday, and that he was pleased to be in Orkney.’
      • ‘I stayed there on holiday last summer and the lobby looks nothing like that and there were way more tourists.’
      • ‘I'm off on holiday for a well-earned break shortly, so I'm working like mad to clear my desk before I go.’
      • ‘She really seemed to like me and I took her to Phuket and everywhere around Thailand for the month I was on holiday.’
      • ‘Our parents are good friends and as children we went on camping trips and spent holidays together.’
      • ‘We will soon be going on holiday for a month to rest and have lots of fun.’
      • ‘The holiday club runs from 8am to 6pm every weekday during school holidays, except Bank Holidays and Christmas.’
      • ‘She travelled to America on holiday for the second time in February 2001.’
      • ‘For the holidays we went to our holiday house at Stewarts Gully.’
      • ‘When we're on holiday, because Dad travels so much, he always knows the perfect meal to order.’
      • ‘We travelled to Ireland on holiday so we could take him with us.’
      break, rest, period of leave, day off, week off, month off, recess, school holiday, half-term
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[NO OBJECT]British
  • Spend a holiday in a specified place.

    ‘he is holidaying in Italy’
    • ‘It is very much a romantic getaway with more couples holidaying there than families or single people.’
    • ‘He flew with friends to Thailand on Wednesday, December 22 to spend three weeks holidaying on the coast.’
    • ‘Over the years the family spent a lot of time holidaying in Europe.’
    • ‘He has spent the last couple of days holidaying with his family.’
    • ‘Rather than holidaying in the Bahamas, they spend six weeks up a mountain.’
    • ‘Apparently Ellison called him while he was holidaying in Oregon.’
    • ‘Fears were growing today for three York tourists who were holidaying in Thailand when the Asian earthquake struck.’
    • ‘Robbie, Ian explained, was staying in a villa neighbouring the hotel where he is holidaying with his wife Maureen.’
    • ‘Mr Yan recollects that he heard about Miss Brockie when holidaying on the Riviera.’
    • ‘In Madeira she had been learning Portuguese and had also met a few Brazilians who had been holidaying there.’
    • ‘Czechs, Poles and Slovenians are also expected to return to holidaying in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘Canon Joyce welcomed the huge congregation which included many visitors who are holidaying in the area.’
    • ‘He is holidaying in the town until Wednesday when he travels back to England.’
    • ‘It is wonderful to see so many people holidaying in the area.’
    • ‘We holidayed in Clovelly, a little village in Devon.’
    • ‘Two of her sisters are working in London, while two other family members are holidaying in Australia.’


Old English hāligdæg holy day.