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Halloween is fun, but it wasn't always my favorite holiday. I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
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Meaning of "holiday" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD HOLIDAY

Old English hāligdæg, literally: holy day.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF HOLIDAY

holiday  [ˈhɒlɪˌdeɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HOLIDAY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Holiday is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb holiday in English.

WHAT DOES HOLIDAY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Holiday

A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work, are suspended or reduced. Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance. Holidays may be designated by governments, religious institutions, or other groups or organizations. The degree to which normal activities are reduced by a holiday may depend on local laws, customs, the type of job being held or even personal choices. The concept of holidays has most often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities. In many societies there are important distinctions between holidays designated by governments and holidays designated by religious institutions.

Definition of holiday in the English dictionary

The first definition of holiday in the dictionary is a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation US and Canadian word: vacation. Other definition of holiday is a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etc related adjective ferial. Holiday is also to spend a holiday.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO HOLIDAY

PRESENT

Present
I holiday
you holiday
he/she/it holidays
we holiday
you holiday
they holiday
Present continuous
I am holidaying
you are holidaying
he/she/it is holidaying
we are holidaying
you are holidaying
they are holidaying
Present perfect
I have holidayed
you have holidayed
he/she/it has holidayed
we have holidayed
you have holidayed
they have holidayed
Present perfect continuous
I have been holidaying
you have been holidaying
he/she/it has been holidaying
we have been holidaying
you have been holidaying
they have been holidaying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I holidayed
you holidayed
he/she/it holidayed
we holidayed
you holidayed
they holidayed
Past continuous
I was holidaying
you were holidaying
he/she/it was holidaying
we were holidaying
you were holidaying
they were holidaying
Past perfect
I had holidayed
you had holidayed
he/she/it had holidayed
we had holidayed
you had holidayed
they had holidayed
Past perfect continuous
I had been holidaying
you had been holidaying
he/she/it had been holidaying
we had been holidaying
you had been holidaying
they had been holidaying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will holiday
you will holiday
he/she/it will holiday
we will holiday
you will holiday
they will holiday
Future continuous
I will be holidaying
you will be holidaying
he/she/it will be holidaying
we will be holidaying
you will be holidaying
they will be holidaying
Future perfect
I will have holidayed
you will have holidayed
he/she/it will have holidayed
we will have holidayed
you will have holidayed
they will have holidayed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been holidaying
you will have been holidaying
he/she/it will have been holidaying
we will have been holidaying
you will have been holidaying
they will have been holidaying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would holiday
you would holiday
he/she/it would holiday
we would holiday
you would holiday
they would holiday
Conditional continuous
I would be holidaying
you would be holidaying
he/she/it would be holidaying
we would be holidaying
you would be holidaying
they would be holidaying
Conditional perfect
I would have holiday
you would have holiday
he/she/it would have holiday
we would have holiday
you would have holiday
they would have holiday
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been holidaying
you would have been holidaying
he/she/it would have been holidaying
we would have been holidaying
you would have been holidaying
they would have been holidaying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you holiday
we let´s holiday
you holiday
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to holiday
Past participle
holidayed
Present Participle
holidaying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HOLIDAY


all-day
ˈɔːlˌdeɪ
awayday
əˈweɪˌdeɪ
birthday
ˈbɜːθˌdeɪ
doomsday
ˈduːmzˌdeɪ
everyday
ˈɛvrɪˌdeɪ
faraday
ˈfærəˌdeɪ
heyday
ˈheɪˌdeɪ
man-day
ˈmænˌdeɪ
Mayday
ˈmeɪˌdeɪ
multiday
ˈmʌltɪˌdeɪ
one-day
ˈwʌnˌdeɪ
payday
ˈpeɪˌdeɪ
play-day
ˈpleɪˌdeɪ
same-day
ˈseɪmˌdeɪ
schoolday
ˈskuːlˌdeɪ
someday
ˈsʌmˌdeɪ
washday
ˈwɒʃˌdeɪ
weekday
ˈwiːkˌdeɪ
workaday
ˈwɜːkəˌdeɪ
workday
ˈwɜːkˌdeɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HOLIDAY

holibut
holiday camp
holiday clothes
holiday cottage
holiday entitlement
holiday feeling
holiday home
holiday job
holiday pay
holiday rep
holiday resort
holiday spirit
holiday traffic
holiday village
holiday-maker
holidayer
holier
holier-than-thou
holies
holiest

WORDS THAT END LIKE HOLIDAY

activity holiday
adventure holiday
bank holiday
boating holiday
busman´s holiday
cycling holiday
federal holiday
Friday
general holiday
half holiday
legal holiday
national holiday
package holiday
payment holiday
public holiday
Roman holiday
skiing holiday
statutory holiday
tax holiday
walking holiday
working holiday

Synonyms and antonyms of holiday in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HOLIDAY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «holiday» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of holiday

Translation of «holiday» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HOLIDAY

Find out the translation of holiday to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of holiday from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «holiday» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

假日
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

vacaciones
570 millions of speakers

English

holiday
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

छुट्टी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عُطْلَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

отдых
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

férias
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ছুটির দিন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

vacances
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Percutian
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Urlaub
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

休暇
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

휴일
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Liburan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ngày nghỉ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விடுமுறை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सुट्टी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

tatil
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

vacanza
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

urlop
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

канікули
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

vacanță
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

διακοπές
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vakansie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

semester
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ferie
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of holiday

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLIDAY»

The term «holiday» is very widely used and occupies the 431 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLIDAY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «holiday» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «holiday» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about holiday

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10 QUOTES WITH «HOLIDAY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word holiday.
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Ruzwana Bashir
What you do on travel holiday is what your memories are based on. People want to do cool stuff, and this is what will shape your entire experience.
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Katharine Lee Bates
A typical Seville shop reaches far along the street front, with many open doors, and a counter running the full length. Here ladies sit in pairs and groups, never singly, to cheapen fans and mantillas, while the smiling salesmen, cigarette in hand, shrug and gesticulate and give back banter for banter as gayly as if it were all a holiday frolic.
3
Margaret Beckett
Some people think that going on a caravan holiday is a slightly more upscale version of camping. Let me assure you, it is much better than that. You know that you will have your creature comforts wherever you are. I never have to pack light, and I can put the kettle on in any location.
4
Tobin Bell
Halloween is fun, but it wasn't always my favorite holiday. I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
5
Honor Blackman
My father was in the civil service. I can remember standing in a bus shelter in the pouring rain, and that we were allowed candy floss at the end of the holiday if we had behaved.
6
Alain de Botton
It's very hard to respect people on holiday - everybody looks so silly at the beach, it makes you hate humanity - but when you see people at their work they elicit respect, whether it's a mechanic, a stonemason or an accountant.
7
Hamish Bowles
My mother is the sort of woman who not only can raise a chicken and roast it to moist perfection but, as she proved to my openmouthed sister and me on a family holiday to Morocco when we were very young, can barter for one in a market, kill it, pluck it, and then cook it to perfection.
8
Danny Boyle
I grew up in a city, I'm a city person - I go on holiday and I'm bored.
9
Hilarie Burton
There's something about a holiday that isn't all about how much money you spend.
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Kurt Busch
Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took time to reflect on what is most important to me and realized I need to find a way to put the fun back into racing.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HOLIDAY»

Discover the use of holiday in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to holiday and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Holiday
Holiday is a book of poems chiseled into both public and private calendar markers, where the unfinished self seeks, desperately and defiantly, resolution through either completion or negation.
Susan Hahn, 2001
2
Holiday
The events of this novel take place on a single day in the southern town of Nazareth, a day so punishingly hot that Virginia Hade gives her father's black workers a holiday from work at the request of the black overseer, John Cloud.
Waldo David Frank, 2003
3
Holiday
This is an extremely subtle story, a consummate portrait of English provincial life told with all Stanley Middleton's artistry and depth of feeling. It was joint winner of the Booker Prize in 1974.
Stanley Middleton, 2010
4
A Holiday of Love
The tales in this magnificent collection celebrate the holidays in 19th-century New York City and features stories by Judith McNaught, Jude Devereaux, Jill Barnett, and Arnette Lamb. Reissue.
Jude Deveraux, Judith McNaught, Arnette Lamb, 2005
5
Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
Because I’m tired of a world where blogs take indirect bribes, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. I’m going to explain exactly how the media really works.
Ryan Holiday, 2012
6
Busman's Holiday: (three-act Play)
"Provocative drama about a young and idealistic newspaperman who tried to buck the Marcos-controlled media and is brutally murdered".
Jessie B. Garcia, 1991
7
Palm Springs Holiday
This is the story of Palm Springs in its golden years, a city that had it all, including marvelous midcentury Modern architecture, fabulous fly-in hotels, and a swinging nightlife.
Peter Moruzzi, 2009
8
Holiday Graph Art
This graph art activity book is a compilation of holiday pictures which are designed to fit graph paper squares. The child colors in the squares on graph paper according to the direction sheet, and a mystery picture appears.
Erling Freeberg, 1987
9
Billie Holiday: A Biography
Presents a biography of the African American woman who, despite a turbulent life, became one of the most famous singers in the history of jazz.
Meg Greene, 2007
10
On Holiday: A History of Vacationing
Beginning his cultural journey among some 18th-century pioneers of tourism, Lofgren takes us on a tour of the Western holiday world and shows how two centuries of "learning to be a tourist" have shaped our own ways of vacationing.
Orvar Löfgren, 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HOLIDAY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term holiday is used in the context of the following news items.
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Women find holiday planning and travel more stressful than male …
Revealed: Women find holiday planning and travel to be far more stressful than their male partners (and why it's all down to a perceived lack of ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
2
Holiday complaints: what to do when travel goes wrong - Telegraph
I also assume that you don't need any help in having a good time. It's when things go wrong that they risk ruining your holiday. So here is our ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
3
'I doubted my Turkish holiday romance would last but even incurable …
Kelly O'Neil had read all the stories in magazines – heartbroken British women who'd gone on holiday, fallen in love with a local only for it to ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
4
Amazon Prime Day: The Logic Behind A Retailer's Made-Up Holiday
Amazon is not the first to try launching its own shopping holiday. Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba manufactured its own event in 2009 ... «Forbes, Jul 15»
5
Feeling the heat, Iraq declares Thursday a holiday - Al Arabiya News
The announcement effectively brings forward a public holiday at the end of Ramadan. The Eid al-Fitr holiday is due to start by Saturday, and ... «Al-Arabiya, Jul 15»
6
Louise Redknapp shares holiday picture from Palma with Jamie and …
Louise, 40, and the boys showed off their holiday glow by Day 4 when they huddled in for a cute group shot after dinner in one Balearic Islands ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
7
Welcome To Marketing Land's Holiday Retailer, 2015 Edition!
Marketing Land reporters and expert contributors will once again help e-commerce marketers make the absolute most of the crucial holiday ... «Marketing Land, Jul 15»
8
How to Be an MP is UK politicians' top holiday reading - The Guardian
Advising on everything from “how to sympathise” with constituents to “how to stay married”, Paul Flynn's practical guide, How to Be an MP, ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
9
Looking for holiday romance? Head to Seattle for the best-looking …
The best things to do on holiday (and there isn't a sunbed in sight) · Is THIS the world's best hotel? ... Save up to 85% on phone calls on holiday ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
10
State parks draw record holiday weekend crowds - Kare 11
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota state parks drew record crowds on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and park officials say there are still ... «KARE, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Holiday [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/holiday>. Oct 2020 ».
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