Other forms: holidays; holidaying; holidayed

A holiday celebrates a person, anniversary, religious belief or other occasion. You might observe the Indian holiday of Holi, and take a week off of work to celebrate with your family.

A holiday is an occasion recognized by the state or federal government and marked on calendars, like Thanksgiving in the United States. Most holidays are celebratory and fun, and just about all of them mean no work or school. You can also take a holiday, or vacation. Holiday comes from "holy" and "day," meaning a religious festival, and the word was even pronounced that way until the sixteenth century.

Definitions of holiday
  1. noun
    leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure
    “we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico”
    synonyms: vacation
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    a short vacation about halfway through a school term
    informal term for vacation
    field day, outing, picnic
    a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering
    a holiday taken by a newly married couple
    paid vacation
    a vacation from work by an employee with pay granted
    type of:
    leisure, leisure time
    time available for ease and relaxation
  2. noun
    a day on which work is suspended by law or custom
    “no mail is delivered on federal holidays
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    a day on which half is free from work or duty
    feast day, fete day
    a day designated for feasting
    holy day, religious holiday
    a day specified for religious observance
    Christmas Eve, Dec 24
    the day before Christmas
    legal holiday, national holiday, public holiday
    authorized by law and limiting work or official business
    Poppy Day, Remembrance Day, Remembrance Sunday
    the Sunday nearest to November 11 when those who died in World War I and World War II are commemorated
    Hindu lunar holiday (on the 9th day of Caitra) to celebrate the birth of Rama
    Hindu solar holiday at the beginning of the new astrological year when the sun enters the constellation Aries
    fast day
    a day designated for fasting
    January 1, New Year's, New Year's Day
    the first day of the year
    Martin Luther King Day, Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday
    observed on the Monday closest to January 15
    Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashona, Rosh Hashonah
    (Judaism) a solemn Jewish feast day celebrated on the 1st or 1st and 2nd of Tishri; noted for the blowing of the shofar
    Christian holy day
    a religious holiday for Christians
    Jewish holy day
    a religious holiday for Jews
    movable feast, moveable feast
    a religious holiday that falls on different dates in different years
    Presidents' Day
    the third Monday in February; commemorates both presidents Lincoln and Washington
    Decoration Day, Memorial Day
    legal holiday in the United States, last Monday in May; commemorates the members of the United States armed forces who were killed in war
    Fourth of July, Independence Day, July 4
    a legal holiday in the United States
    Labor Day
    first Monday in September in the United States and Canada
    Columbus Day, Discovery Day, October 12
    a legal holiday commemorating the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus
    Circumcision, Feast of the Circumcision, January 1
    (Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church) feast day celebrating the circumcision of Jesus; celebrated on January 1st
    Dormition, Feast of Dormition
    celebration in the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended; corresponds to the Assumption in the Roman Catholic Church and is also celebrated on August 15th
    Christmas, Christmas Day, Dec 25, Xmas
    a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland
    Boxing Day
    first weekday after Christmas
    bank holiday
    any of several weekdays when banks are closed; a legal holiday in Britain
    Commonwealth Day, Empire day, May 24
    British, anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth
    Dominion Day, July 1
    a legal holiday in Canada commemorating receiving Dominion status in 1867
    14 July, Bastille Day
    a legal holiday in France celebrating the storming of the Paris bastille in 1789
    Armistice Day, November 11, Veterans Day, Veterans' Day
    a legal holiday in the United States; formerly Armistice Day but called Veterans' Day since 1954
    Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day
    fourth Thursday in November in the United States; second Monday in October in Canada; commemorates a feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag
    Victoria Day
    a public holiday in Canada on the Monday on or before May 24th
    Id al-Fitr
    a Muslim day of feasting at the end of Ramadan
    Feast of Sacrifice, Id al-Adha
    the 10th day of Dhu'l-Hijja; all Muslims attend a service in the mosques and those who are not pilgrims perform a ritual slaughter of a sheep (commemorating God's ransom of Abraham's son from sacrifice) and give at least a third of the meat to charity
    type of:
    a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance
  3. verb
    spend or take a vacation
    synonyms: vacation
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    spend a holiday after one's marriage
    type of:
    pass, spend
    pass time in a specific way




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