Meaning of “holiday” in the English Dictionary

"holiday" in British English

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holidaynoun

uk /ˈhɒl.ə.deɪ/ us /ˈhɑː.lə.deɪ/

A1 [ C or U ] UK UK informal holidays, UK informal hols, US vacation a time when someone does not go to work or school but is free to do what they want, such as travel or relax:

a camping/skiing holiday
Have you decided where you're going for your holiday(s) this year?
Patricia is on holiday next week.
How many days' holiday do you get with your new job?
We thought we'd go to France for our summer holiday.
Surely the school holidays start soon.

B1 [ C ] an official day when you do not have to go to work or school:

a public holiday
St Patrick's Day is a holiday in Ireland.
holidays

[ plural ] US the time at the end of December and beginning of January each year that includes Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year :

We were at home for the holidays.

More examples

  • After all that hard work, you deserve a holiday.
  • The Caribbean is a popular holiday destination.
  • Give me a call when you get back from holiday.
  • You can win a holiday for two in the south of France just by answering three simple questions.
  • We can't really afford foreign holidays.

holidayverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈhɒl.ə.deɪ/ us /ˈhɑː.lə.deɪ/ UK US vacation

(Definition of “holiday” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"holiday" in American English

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holidaynoun [ C ]

us /ˈhɑl·ɪˌdeɪ/

a day for celebration when many people are allowed to stay away from work or school:

a national holiday

CdnBr A holiday is a vacation.

(Definition of “holiday” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"holiday" in Business English

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holidaynoun

uk /ˈhɒlədeɪ/ us

[ 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.

(Definition of “holiday” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)