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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun holiday:

conversational speech56.36%task-oriented speech43.64%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun holiday:


The word holiday is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun holiday

What does holiday mean as a name of something?

Holiday is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: holidays

  1. leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure
    • example: we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of holiday: vacation
    • more generic terms: leisure / leisure time = time available for ease and relaxation
    • more specific terms:
  2. a day on which work is suspended by law or custom
    • examples: no mail is delivered on federal holidays | it's a good thing that New Year's was a holiday because everyone had a hangover
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic word: day = a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun holiday


  1. A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
  2. A day declared free from work by the government.
  3. A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.
  4. A period during which pupils and students do not attend their school or university.
  5. A period taken off work or study for travel.
  6. An unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.

Definition of the verb holiday

What does holiday mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: holidayed | holidaying | holidays

  1. spend or take a vacation
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]My family always summered at the seashore

      Weekend Verbs (with the same syntax): december, honeymoon, overnight, sojourn, summer, vacation, weekend, winter.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of holiday: vacation
    • more generic words: pass / spend = use up a period of time in a specific way
    • more specific word: honeymoon = spend a holiday after one's marriage

Alternative definition of the verb holiday


  1. To take a period of time away from work or study.
  2. [British] To spend a period of time for travel.


  1. "Holiday" a.k.a. "The Holiday" is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Studios and filmed in both California and England, it stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two lovelorn women from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, who temporarily exchange homes to escape heartbreak during the holiday season. Jude Law and Jack Black co-star, with Eli Wallach, Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns and Rufus Sewell playing key supporting roles.
  2. "Holiday" is a 1938 film directed by George Cukor, a remake of the 1930 film of the same name. The film is a romantic comedy which tells the story of a man who has risen from humble beginnings only to be torn between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée's family. The movie was adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart and Sidney Buchman from the play by Philip Barry and stars Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and features Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres, and Edward Everett Horton, who played the same role he had played in the 1930 version.
  3. "Holiday" is a 2014 action romance thriller film written and directed by A.R. Murugadoss.
  4. "Holiday" is a 2014 drama film written and directed by Diego Araujo.
  5. "Holiday" is a 1930 American romantic comedy film which tells the story of a young man who is torn between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée's family. It stars Ann Harding, Mary Astor, Edward Everett Horton, Robert Ames and Hedda Hopper. It was produced and released by Pathé Exchange.
  6. "Holiday" is a Bollywood film produced and directed by Pooja Bhatt and starring Dino Morea, Gulshan Grover and Onjolee Nair. It is a remake of the 1987 American film Dirty Dancing.
  7. "Holiday" is a 2006 criminal drama film written and directed by Yun-ho Yang.
  8. "Holiday" a.k.a. "Walking on Sunshine" is a 2014 British romantic musical comedy-drama film directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini. The film features covers of hit songs from the 1980s and was released on 27 June 2014. It is also a debut role for singer-songwriter Leona Lewis.
  9. "Holiday" is a comedy crime fiction mystery film directed by Guillaume Nicloux.
    • country: France
    • language: French
    • genres: Comedy, Crime Fiction, Mystery
    • released on (4 years ago)
  10. "Holiday" is a short film, directed by Tony Lawrence.
    • country: Australia
    • language: English Language
    • released in
  11. "Holiday" is a film, directed by Vanessa Elgrichi.
  12. "Holiday" is a 2011 short film written and directed by Ana de Loera.
  13. "Holiday" is a 1968 film directed by Lee Man-hui.
    • also known as A Day Off, Hyuil
    • country: South Korea
    • genre: Drama
  14. "holiday" is a 2014 Action Romance Thriller film written by A.R. Murugadoss and directed by A.R.
    • also known as Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
    • released on
  15. "Holiday" is a 2003 short film directed by Anna Duell.
    • also known as Feiertag
    • country: Sweden
    • language: Swedish Language
    • released in (12 years ago)
  16. "Holiday" a.k.a. "Día Festivo": Da Festivo is a 2008 short film written by and directed by Eber Garca.
  17. "Holiday" is a 1957 documentary short film directed by John Taylor.
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released in (58 years ago)
    • award: - BAFTA Award for Best Documentary


Holiday is a fictional character from Body of Lies.

Phrases with Holiday

Phrases starting with the word Holiday:

  1. Holiday camp
  2. Holiday Home
  3. Holiday-maker
  4. Holiday Darter
  5. holiday resort
  6. holiday season
  7. Holiday Ownership

Phrases ending with the word Holiday:

  1. All Holiday
  2. bank holiday
  3. half-holiday
  4. high holiday
  5. legal holiday
  6. Roman Holiday
  7. public holiday
  8. package holiday
  9. busman's holiday
  10. Hallmark Holiday
  11. national holiday
  12. religious holiday

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Holiday

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Google previewCalcutta (2013)

Two Years in the City by Amit Chaudhuri

A holiday is an interruption. It isn't a narrative with a denouement—that's what ordinary life is. A holiday is a break from “ordinary life.” Part of its enchantment, surely, is that it doesn't follow the rules of narrative that “ordinary life” does; it's a ...

Google previewThe Seven Seasons of Spiritual Life, with Commentary and Pilgrim’s Dictionary (2014)

by M. C. Holiday

Holiday. Pray for the Harvest Enter The Kingdom Cover Contents t P asspor Close fellowship.

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Drama (2015)

by Jackson R. Bryer, Mary C. Hartig

Work Author: Philip Barry A comedyof manners, Holiday wittily pits conventional upperclass values of the period against freedom and true love. As in Barry's other famous play,The Philadelphia Story (1939), those who thwart convention ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

673; and it has been held that a sheriff's sale was not void because made on a holiday and, if confirmed, the title would not be endangered, but that it was not a proper day and that, upon exception, the sale would have been set aside; Rice ...

Google previewDictionary of Jewish Usage (2005)

A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms by Sol Steinmetz

HOLIDAY TERMS • 65 heder. Variant spelling of cheder. heichal. The Sephardi term for the aron hakodesh, or holy ark, the cabinet or chest in which the Torah scrolls are stored in a synagogue. See ark. In the Bible, the term refers to the Holy ...

Google preview1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

by Anonymous

The last execution at Tyburn, and consequently of this procession, was in the year 1784, since which the criminals have been executed near Newgate HOLIDAY. A holiday bowler; a bad bowler. Blind man's holiday; darkness, night.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Iowa (1995)

The Farm Holiday Association, a militant group of farmers drawing its main strength from the Farmers' Union, was created in 1931. Loosely organized and without any set program, its main purpose was to prevent farm foreclosures and to fight ...

Google previewDictionary of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality (2012)

by S. Medlik

holding company See parent company holiday (a) A day on which work is suspended by law or by custom. (b) Outside the USA, a vacation or time away ...

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Quotes about Holiday

Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected. (Jimmy Cannon)
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Scrabble value of H4O1L1I1D2A1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of HOLIDAY

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