Definition of "holiday" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • A religious feast day; a holy day. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A vacation. Often used in the phrase on holiday. (noun)
  • Chiefly British To pass a holiday or vacation. (verb-intransitive)
  • A period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etc (noun)
  • To spend a holiday (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "holiday" in a sentence
  • ""Use of the term 'holiday tree' is a continuation of past practice, and does not represent a change of course on my part," he said in a statement."
  • "The word holiday comes from the pairing of the words holy and day."
  • "Great therefore was his astonishment and delight when on the evening before the term holiday Railsford put his head into the study and said --"