• WordNet 3.6
    • v holiday spend or take a vacation
    • n holiday 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"
    • n holiday 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Holiday in Bed A Holiday in Bed

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City
    • Holiday A consecrated day; religious anniversary; a day set apart in honor of some person, or in commemoration of some event. See Holyday.
    • Holiday (Law) A day fixed by law for suspension of business; a legal holiday.
    • Holiday 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 ."
    • Holiday Occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion. "Courage is but a holiday kind of virtue, to be seldom exercised."
    • Holiday Of or pertaining to a festival; cheerful; joyous; gay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the holiday season, approximately $220 million worth of Poinsettias are sold
    • n holiday A consecrated day; a religious anniversary; a day set apart for commemorating some important event or in honor of some person.
    • n holiday An occasion of joy and gaiety.
    • n holiday A day of exemption from labor, or of recreation and amusement; a day or a number of days during which ordinary occupations are suspended, either by an individual or by a community.
    • n holiday Nautical, a spot carelessly left uncoated in tarring or painting a ship or its appurtenances.
    • holiday Pertaining to a festival; befitting a holiday; cheerful; joyous; hence, suited only to a holiday; dainty; not fitted for serious action or life.
    • holiday To make holiday; go pleasuring; waste time in play.
    • n holiday The Christmas season.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Christmas became a national holiday in the US in 1890.
    • n Holiday hol′i-dā a consecrated day: a religious festival: a day for the commemoration of some event: a day of idleness and amusement
    • adj Holiday befitting a holiday: cheerful
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  • Amanda Bradley
    Amanda Bradley
    “Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.”
  • Frank Tyger
    Frank Tyger
    “When you like your work every day is a holiday.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.”
  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.”
  • William James
    “Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.”


Busman's holiday - A busman's holiday is when you spend your free time doing the same sort of work as you do in your job.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Holy, + day,


In literature:

Mrs. Holiday was overjoyed to see Rollo coming; so was Jennie, who was sitting all the time in the carriage with Mr. Holiday.
"Rollo in London" by Jacob Abbott
After the holidays he had always seen the last feats of Saltori, and heard the most recent strains of Tiralirini.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
They wrote instead to make arrangements for Diana's holidays in England.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
No wonder old Sampson won't keep you longer than the holidays if you're no smarter than that.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I like holidays best.
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
The holiday trade was now approaching and I made money fast.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
I don't know how I'm going to live through them until the holidays.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
After dinner, Mr. Holiday sent for a carriage, and took Mrs. Holiday and Rollo to ride.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott
The day was a half-holiday, and the head mistress was glad of the fact, for she wanted to have a little time to think over Sir John's request.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
When the holidays were over, the two sisters returned to school.
"Emily Brontë" by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson

In poetry:

John Gilpin’s spouse said to her dear:
"Though wedded we have been
These twice ten tedious years, yet we
No holiday have seen."
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
The towers flung out their brightest banners,
The ships their streamers gay,
And every one, from lord to peasant,
Made joyful holiday.
"The Sleeping Princess" by Clara Doty Bates
The burden that I bear may be no more
For all I bear it silently and stay
Sometimes to laugh and listen at a door
Where joy keeps holiday.
"The Burden" by Theodosia Garrison
I played with all the toys the gods provide,
I sang my songs and made glad holiday
Mow I have cast my broken toys aside
And flung my lute away.
"From the Somme" by Leslie Coulson
The little creek went winding down
‘Twixt whispering reeds and small blue flowers,
Singing a pleasant summer song
Of holidays and playtime hours.
"The Water-Witch" by Alice Guerin Crist
Our Father let's praise then, on these holidays,
With hearts full of ardor and love,
Who gave us his heir, distress and despair
Far out of our sight to remove.
"Another Invitation, Or Exhortation To Worship Christ Jesus" by Rees Prichard

In news:'s Michael Collins shares a few holiday treats he's hoping to get in his stocking this holiday season.
Every year, companies throw holiday office parties to show appreciation to their employees and spread some holiday cheer.
Holiday activities jumped off to an early start during the inaugural three-day Tracy's Home for the Holidays celebration this past weekend, Saturday, Nov 17 to Monday, Nov 19.
Holiday meals costing you a bigger penny this holiday.
Be sure to check out these local businesses for holiday dining and gifts for those on your holiday checklist.
Here are my favorite greens for holiday decorating this year, plus some tips on how to use them to make holiday displays drop-dead gorgeous.
That's also why American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) has introduced Winter Wobblers™, the latest invention from the greeting card company, which features adorable holiday characters dancing to the beat of traditional holiday jingles.
The United Way Volunteer Center Holiday Wish List makes it easy to help others this holiday season.
The Mammoth Lakes Women's Club Holiday Dazzle returns just in time for early holiday shopping.
Get ready to celebrate this holiday season with the Rock this Town ($42) holiday nail lacquer trio by Deborah Lippmann.
South Valley residents celebrated holiday the traditional Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos on Sunday.
Holiday Hold is a ten week program aimed at mainating your weight through the holiday season.
Of course, we must consider that on holidays, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, some families do get together with family and friends to share a holiday meal.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, not just because I get to eat delicious turkey and stuffing but also because the holiday is filled with special family traditions.
This year, you've decided to take a holiday from the holidays.

In science:

Also thanks to Ana & Harald and Ichiro & Kumiko for the great holidays in Austria and Japan. I appreciate it particularly that Gerben and Sheer are willing to be my paranymfs.
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves
John Smith books the Holiday Inn city view room.
A UI Design Case Study and a Prototype of a Travel Search Engine
Christmas holidays and these full day periods are removed from the analysis.
Margin setting with high-frequency data1
In their first study they found a two cluster structure, corresponding to working days and nonworking days (i.e., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).
Resistant estimates for high dimensional and functional data based on random projections
This is akin to running into a four star hotel in the Amazonian jungle (after being randomly dropped in said jungle), and after a relaxing holiday, one finds a convenient highway leading straight back to ones’ porch (without encountering any junctions etc.).
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum