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holiday

  

      n  
1    often pl     (Chiefly Brit)  
a    a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation,   (U.S. and Canadian word)    vacation  
b    (as modifier)  
a holiday mood     
2    a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etc.  
   Related adj       ferial  
      vb  
3    intr     (Chiefly Brit)   to spend a holiday  
     (Old English haligdæg, literally: holy day)  


bank holiday  
      n   (in Britain) any of several weekdays on which banks are closed by law and which are observed as national holidays  
busman's holiday  
      n  
Informal   a holiday spent doing the same sort of thing as one does at work  
     (C20: alluding to a bus driver having a driving holiday)  
half holiday  
      n   a day of which either the morning or the afternoon is a holiday  
Holiday  
      n   Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915--59, U.S. jazz singer  
holiday camp  
      n     (Brit)   a place, esp. one at the seaside, providing accommodation, recreational facilities, etc., for holiday-makers  
holiday-maker  
      n     (Brit)   a person who goes on holiday,   (U.S. and Canadian equivalents)    vacationer, vacationist  
legal holiday  
      n     (U.S.)   any of several weekdays which are observed as national holidays,   (Also called (Canadian))    statutory holiday     (Brit. equivalent)    bank holiday  
public holiday  
      n   a holiday observed over the whole country  
Roman holiday  
      n   entertainment or pleasure that depends on the suffering of others  
     (C19: from Byron's poem Childe Harold (IV, 141))  
tax holiday  
      n   a period during which tax concessions are made for some reason; examples include an export incentive or an incentive to start a new business given by some governments, in which a company is excused all or part of its tax liability  
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Holiday  
      n   Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915--59, U.S. jazz singer  


bank holiday  
      n   (in Britain) any of several weekdays on which banks are closed by law and which are observed as national holidays  
busman's holiday  
      n  
Informal   a holiday spent doing the same sort of thing as one does at work  
     (C20: alluding to a bus driver having a driving holiday)  
half holiday  
      n   a day of which either the morning or the afternoon is a holiday  
holiday  
      n  
1    often pl     (Chiefly Brit)  
a    a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation,   (U.S. and Canadian word)    vacation  
b    (as modifier)  
a holiday mood     
2    a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etc.  
   Related adj       ferial  
      vb  
3    intr     (Chiefly Brit)   to spend a holiday  
     (Old English haligdæg, literally: holy day)  
holiday camp  
      n     (Brit)   a place, esp. one at the seaside, providing accommodation, recreational facilities, etc., for holiday-makers  
holiday-maker  
      n     (Brit)   a person who goes on holiday,   (U.S. and Canadian equivalents)    vacationer, vacationist  
legal holiday  
      n     (U.S.)   any of several weekdays which are observed as national holidays,   (Also called (Canadian))    statutory holiday     (Brit. equivalent)    bank holiday  
public holiday  
      n   a holiday observed over the whole country  
Roman holiday  
      n   entertainment or pleasure that depends on the suffering of others  
     (C19: from Byron's poem Childe Harold (IV, 141))  
tax holiday  
      n   a period during which tax concessions are made for some reason; examples include an export incentive or an incentive to start a new business given by some governments, in which a company is excused all or part of its tax liability  

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holiday

  
1    break, leave, recess, time off, vacation  
2    anniversary, bank holiday, celebration, feast, festival, festivity, fête, gala, name day, public holiday, red-letter day, saint's day  

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