Search Result for "holiday":
1. leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure;
- Example: "we get two weeks of vacation every summer"
- Example: "we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico"
[syn: vacation, holiday]
2. a day on which work is suspended by law or custom;
- Example: "no mail is delivered on federal holidays"
- Example: "it's a good thing that New Year's was a holiday because everyone had a hangover"
1. spend or take a vacation;
[syn: vacation, holiday]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Holiday \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. [1913 Webster] 2. A day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement and gayety; a festival day. [1913 Webster] And young and old come forth to play On a sunshine holiday. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) A day fixed by law for suspension of business; a legal holiday. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The holidays, any fixed or usual period for relaxation or festivity; especially, Christmas and New Year's day with the intervening time. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Holiday \Hol`i*day\, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a festival; cheerful; joyous; gay. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion. [1913 Webster] Courage is but a holiday kind of virtue, to be seldom exercised. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vacation \Va*ca"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. vacatio a being free from a duty, service, etc., fr. vacare. See Vacate.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of vacating; a making void or of no force; as, the vacation of an office or a charter. [1913 Webster] 2. Intermission of a stated employment, procedure, or office; a period of intermission; rest; leisure. [1913 Webster] It was not in his nature, however, at least till years had chastened it, to take any vacation from controversy. --Palfrey. [1913 Webster] Hence, specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) (Law) Intermission of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next; nonterm; recess. "With lawyers in the vacation." --Shak. [1913 Webster] (b) A period of intermission of regular paid work or employment, or of studies and exercises at an educational institution; the time during which a person temporarily ceases regular duties of any kind and performs other activites, usually some form of liesure; holidays; recess (at a school); as, the spring vacation; to spend one's vacation travelling; to paint the house while on vacation. Vacation is typically used for rest, travel, or recreation, but may be used for any purpose. In Britain this sense of vacation is usually referred to as holiday. [1913 Webster +PJC] (c) The time when an office is vacant; esp. (Eccl.), the time when a see, or other spiritual dignity, is vacant. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
188 Moby Thesaurus words for "holiday": AWOL, Admission Day, Arbor Day, Armed Forces Day, Armistice Day, Army Day, Bastille Day, Christmas, Colorado Day, Constitution Day, Decoration Day, Dewali, Discovery Day, Double Ten, Easter Monday, Election Day, Empire Day, Evacuation Day, Flag Day, Foundation Day, Fourth of July, French leave, Groundhog Day, Halifax Day, Halloween, High Holiday, High Holy Day, Holi, Ides of March, Kuhio Day, Labor Day, Lenin Memorial Day, Loyalty Day, Maryland Day, May Day, Mecklenburg Day, Memorial Day, Midsummer Day, National Aviation Day, Navy Day, Nevada Day, Pan American Day, Pascua Florida Day, Pioneer Day, Remembrance Day, Roosevelt Day, State Day, Sunday, Texas Independence Day, United Nations Day, V-E Day, Victory Day, West Virginia Day, Wyoming Day, abeyance, abscondence, absence, absence without leave, absentation, absenteeism, absenting, anniversaries, bank holiday, break, caesura, cease-fire, celebrating, celebration, ceremony, church feast, coffee break, comfortable, commemoration, cut, day of festivities, day off, default, departure, disappearance, downtime, dressing ship, drop, escape, event, excused absence, fair, fanfare, fanfaronade, feast, feast day, festal, festival, festival day, festivity, fete, fete day, fixed feast, fleeing, flourish of trumpets, furlough, gala, gala day, go on furlough, go on leave, half time, half-time intermission, hesitation, high day, holy day, hooky, interim, interlude, intermezzo, intermission, intermittence, interregnum, interruption, interval, jubilee, lapse, layoff, leave, leave of absence, leaving, legal holiday, letup, liberty, lull, make holiday, marking the occasion, memorialization, memory, nonappearance, nonattendance, observance, off-time, ovation, paid holiday, paid vacation, pause, plateau, point of repose, quiet, quiet spell, recess, red-letter day, rejoicing, relief, religious rites, remembrance, remission, respite, rest, restful, resting point, revel, rite, ritual observance, running away, sabbatical, sabbatical leave, sabbatical year, salute, salvo, shore leave, sick leave, solemn observance, solemnization, stand-down, stay, suspension, take a holiday, take leave, testimonial, testimonial banquet, testimonial dinner, time off, time out, toast, tribute, triumph, truancy, truantism, truce, unexcused absence, vacation, vacational, weekend