From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishholidayhol‧i‧day1 /ˈhɒlədi, -deɪ $ ˈhɑːlədeɪ/ ●●●S1W2 noun1[countable, uncountable] British English (also holidays)HOLIDAY a time of rest from work, school etcSYN vacation American EnglishThe school holidays start tomorrow.on holidayI’m away on holiday until the 1st of June.in the holidaysHe came to stay with us in the school holidays.holiday froma holiday from her usual responsibilitiesRegisterIn everyday British English, when someone is temporarily away from their work or studies, people often say they are off, rather than on holiday. Note, however, that off can also mean that someone is away from their work or studies because they are sick:‘Where’s Kate?’ ‘She’s off this week.’2[countable, uncountable] British English (also holidays)HOLIDAY a period of time when you travel to another place for pleasureSYN vacation American EnglishWe’re going to Spain for our holidays.on holidayHe caught malaria while on holiday in Africa.I haven’t had a proper holiday for two years.3HOLIDAY[countable] a day fixed by law on which people do not have to go to work or schoolThe 4th of July is a national holiday in the US.4 →the holiday season →bank holiday, public holidayGRAMMAR: HolidaysYou use holidays when talking about a period when you are not working or studying, or when you are travelling. • You say the holidays: Soon it will be the holidays.• You say my/your/her etc holidays:Where do you want to go for your holidays?COLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2verbsgo on holidayThe children were excited about going on holiday.have/take a holidayTeachers cannot take holidays during term time.book a holidayI booked the holiday online.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + holidaya skiing/camping/walking etc holidayThey went on a camping holiday in France.a package holiday (=a holiday in which you pay a price that includes travel, room, and food)The company organizes package holidays to Spain and Greece.a summer holidayThey were going to a house on the coast for their summer holidays.a winter holidayWhy not try a winter holiday for a change?a family holidayI first visited Orkney on a family holiday when I was a boy.an annual holiday (=a holiday you take every year)We were getting ready for our annual holiday in Cornwall.your dream holiday (=the best holiday you can imagine)They won a dream holiday for two to the Caribbean.holiday + NOUNa holiday resort (=a place with many hotels where a lot of people go on holiday)a holiday resort in Spaina holiday destination (=a town or country where a lot of people go on holiday)Marmaris is one of Turkey's most popular holiday destinations.a holiday brochure (=a magazine that shows what holidays you can take)We were looking through holiday brochures thinking about the summer.holiday photos (also holiday snaps informal) (=photographs that you take when you are on holiday)Do you want to see our holiday snaps?a holiday romance (=a brief romantic relationship with someone you meet on holiday)It was just a holiday romance; I never saw him again.a holiday abroad (=a holiday in a country other than the one you live in)They were planning a holiday abroad that year.phrasesthe holiday of a lifetime (=a very good or expensive holiday that you will only take once)We took the family on a holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.
holiday• If you are holidaying in Brittany this summer look for one in any local Maison de la Presse or Supermarché!• Alternatively you can join in activities on a dailybasis if you live or are holidaying in the area.holiday in/at• Thomas Cook, for instance, sent over 5,500 pilgrims on holiday in 1985 through its Inter-Church travel firmsubsidiary.• Instead she made do with a holiday in Cornwall with the kids.• So he found himself unexpectedly spending his holiday in the little port of Cassis.• JohnMajor also flew out before the games ended for a villaholiday in the mountainswest of Madrid.• Model told the officer they were on a caravanningholiday in the nearby New Forest.• But would people really want to spend all their holidays in the same place?• Her parents were due to go away on holiday at the start of the following week.• Can teachers take unpaid religiousholidays at will?From King Business Dictionaryholidayhol‧i‧day /ˈhɒlədiˈhɑːlədeɪ/ noun1[countable] a day fixed by law on which people do not go to work or school and shops and businesses are closedThe Zurich stock market was closed yesterday for a national holiday.This Monday is a public holiday in France.The London stockmarket will reopen tomorrow after the bank holiday. →bank holiday →national holiday2[countable, uncountable] a time of rest from work or school. Most employees are allowed a fixed number of days each year as paid holidaySYNvacation AmEMy secretary’s on holiday this week.You have to take your holiday by the end of the year.Most employees would like to have more holiday entitlement (=the right to take longer holidays).3[countable] (also holidays British English)TRAVEL a period of time spent in a place for pleasureSYNvacation AmEThey’re on holiday in the Caribbean.Make sure you have adequate holiday insurance before you leave.a popular holiday resort →package holiday4[countable] a period of time when it is not necessary to make payments that must normally be made →contribution holiday →tax holidayOriginholidayOld Englishhaligdæg“holy day”