holiday

Definitions

General English

Commerce

  • noun a period when an employee does not work, but rests, goes away and does things for pleasure

Construction

  • A small area inadvertently missed during painting or other surfacing applications.
  • An otherwise valid working day that has been designated as exempt. Holidays typically occur on a yearly basis. In the U.S., holidays may include New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Travel

  • noun a day on which no work is done because of national or religious law
  • noun a period when an employee does not work, but rests, goes away and enjoys himself or herself

Origin & History of “holiday”

A holiday was originally a ‘holy day’, a day set aside as a religious festival. The first signs of the word being used for a ‘day on which no work is done’ (originally because of its religious significance) appear in the 14th century.
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