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Meaning of HOLIDAY

Pronunciation:  'hâli`dey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  leisure time away from work; devoted to rest or pleasure; "we get two weeks of vacation every summer"; "we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico;"
  2. [n]  a day on which work is suspended by law or custom; "no mail is delivered on federal holidays"; "it's a good thing that New Year's was a holiday because everyone had a hangover"
  3. [v]  spend or take a vacation

HOLIDAY is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: vacation, vacation
 See Also: Christmas Eve, day, Dec 24, field day, half-holiday, half-term, holy day, honeymoon, honeymoon, legal holiday, leisure, leisure time, national holiday, outing, paid vacation, pass, picnic, Poppy Day, religious holiday, Remembrance Day, Remembrance Sunday, spend, vac



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hol"i*day\, n. [Holy + day.]
    1. A consecrated day; religious anniversary; a day set apart
       in honor of some person, or in commemoration of some
       event. See {Holyday}.
    2. A day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement and
       gayety; a festival day.
             And young and old come forth to play On a sunshine
             holiday.                              --Milton.
    3. (Law) A day fixed by law for suspension of business; a
       legal holiday.
    Note: In the United States legal holidays, so called, are
          determined by law, commonly by the statutes of the
          several States. The holidays most generally observed
          are: the 22d day of February (Washington's birthday),
          the 30th day of May (Memorial day), the 4th day of July
          (Independence day), the 25th day of December (Christmas
          day). In most of the States the 1st day of January is a
          holiday. When any of these days falls on Sunday,
          usually the Monday following is observed as the
          holiday. In many of the States a day in the spring (as
          Good Friday, or the first Thursday in April), and a day
          in the fall (as the last Thursday in November) are now
          regularly appointed by Executive proclamation to be
          observed, the former as a day of fasting and prayer,
          the latter as a day of thanksgiving and are kept as
          holidays. In England, the days of the greater church
          feasts (designated in the calendar by a red letter, and
          commonly called red-letter days) are observed as
          general holidays. Bank holidays are those on which, by
          act of Parliament, banks may suspend business. Although
          Sunday is a holiday in the sense of a day when business
          is legally suspended, it is not usually included in the
          general term, the phrase ``Sundays and holidays'' being
          more common.
    {The holidays}, any fixed or usual period for relaxation or
       festivity; especially, Christmas and New Year's day with
       the intervening time.
  2. \Hol`i*day\, a.
    1. Of or pertaining to a festival; cheerful; joyous; gay.
    2. Occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion.
             Courage is but a holiday kind of virtue, to be
             seldom exercised.                     --Dryden.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of holidays, represent a need for a break or time for rest. You are expressing a wish to escape from your responsibilities. Depending on the activities related to the holiday, the dream may also indicate family issues, personal attitudes or some difficulty.
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