Language: Old English
Origin: haligdæg 'holy day'


1 noun
hol‧i‧day1 S2 W2
1 [uncountable and countable] British English also holidays a time of rest from work, school etc [= vacation American English]
The school holidays start tomorrow.
on holiday
I'm away on holiday until the 1st of June.
Won't your business suffer if you take a holiday?
2 [uncountable and countable] British English also holidays a 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
We're going to Spain for our holidays.
He caught malaria while on holiday in Africa.
When are you going on holiday?
I didn't have a proper holiday this year.
This was his first holiday abroad.
her annual summer holiday
a popular Spanish holiday resort
It was just a harmless holiday romance.
3 [countable] a day fixed by law on which people do not have to go to work or school:
The 4th of July is a national holiday in the US.

the holiday season

, the holidays
a) American English the period between Thanksgiving and New Year
b) British English the 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 .

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