Holiday

Definition of Holiday

Hol`i`day
n.1.A consecrated day; religious anniversary; a day set apart in honor of some person, or in commemoration of some event. See Holyday.
2.A day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement and gayety; a festival day.
And young and old come forth to play
On a sunshine holiday.
- Milton.
3.(Law) A day fixed by law for suspension of business; a legal holiday.
The holidays
any fixed or usual period for relaxation or festivity; especially, Christmas and New Year's day with the intervening time.
a.1.Of or pertaining to a festival; cheerful; joyous; gay.
2.Occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion.
Courage is but a holiday kind of virtue, to be seldom exercised.
- Dryden.

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