holiday Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “holiday” in the English Dictionary

"holiday" in British English

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uk   /ˈhɒl.ɪ.deɪ/  us   /ˈhɑː.lɪ-/
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 foryour 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 ​startsoon.B1 [C] an ​officialday 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 ​includesChristmas, ​Hanukkah, and New Year : We were at ​home for the holidays.
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holidayverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈhɒl.ɪ.deɪ/  us   /ˈhɑː.lɪ-/ UK (US vacation)
to take a holiday: My ​parents are holidaying in Spain this ​year.
(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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uk   us   /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 ​interestrepayments. a tax/​contribution/​mortgage holiday
(Definition of holiday from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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