2 [uncountable and countable]British Englishalsoholidaysa period of time when you travel to another place for pleasure [= vacation American English]COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS on holiday go on holiday also go on your holidays have/take a holiday holiday abroad summer holiday family holiday skiing/camping/walking etc holiday holiday resort (=a place with many hotels where a lot of people go on their holidays) holiday brochure (=a magazine that advertises holidays) holiday snaps informal (=photographs taken while on holiday) holiday romance
a) American Englishthe period between Thanksgiving and New Year
b) British Englishthe period in the summer when most people take a holiday
➔bank holiday, public holidayGRAMMAR GRAMMAR British English speakers say holiday, not holidays in the structures be on holiday, go on holiday and return/come back from holiday• something to read when you are on holiday (NOT when you are on holidays) • When you come back from holiday, it's hard to work (NOT When you come back from holidays).Holidays is usually used after the, my, your etc• Soon it will be the holidays. • Where do you want to go for your holidays?!! Do not say 'be in (your) holidays' or 'go in (your) holidays'. Say go on holiday or go on your holidays or be on holiday or be on your holidays.!! Do not say 'make a holiday'. Say have a holiday.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.