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English definition of “holiday”

holiday

noun     /ˈhɒlədeɪ/
[C] UK ( US vacation) a time when you are away from home , and can relax , visit new places , etc.: go on holiday Are you going away on holiday this year ? Online holiday sales are up 28% compared with the same period last year . a holiday company holiday insurance
[C] UK (also holidays [plural], US vacation) HR a time when someone does not go to work but is free to do what they want , such as travel or relax : My PA does most of my work when I'm on holiday. She had already used all her holiday entitlement . holiday pay the summer holidays How many days of vacation do you get a year ?
[C] an official day when most people do not go to work and schools , banks and many businesses are closed : Wall Street was closed for a public holiday. May 1 is a holiday in many countries .
the holidays [plural] (US also the holiday season [S]) the period between late December and early January that includes Christmas , Hanukkah , and New Year : Online sales were buoyant during the holidays.
[C] UK FINANCE a time when you do not have to pay something that you usually have to pay : take a holiday from sth If you are in financial difficulties , ask your bank whether you can take a holiday from interest repayments . a tax / contribution / mortgage holiday
→ See also bank holiday, contribution holiday, national holiday, package holiday, public holiday
(Definition of holiday noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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