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English definition of “holiday”


  /ˈhɒlədeɪ/ noun UK (US vacation)
A1 a time when you do not have to go to work or school: the school holidays
A1 a long visit to a place away from where you live, for pleasure: a skiing holiday Are you going on holiday this year?
(Definition of holiday noun from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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