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noun     holiday pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] [often plural] British a period of time when you do not work or study and do things for pleasure instead. The American word is vacation

    They’re going to Jamaica for their holidays.

    be on holiday (=not working):

    I am away on holiday for the next two weeks.

    the Christmas/Easter/summer holidays:

    The kids get bored by the end of the summer holidays.

    1. a.
      [countable] an occasion when you go and stay in another place for pleasure

      a holiday resort

      Our trip to Victoria Falls was the holiday of a lifetime (=a very special holiday).

      go on holiday:

      Several years ago, I went on holiday with some friends.

  2. 2
    [countable] a day that is a celebration of something special, on which you do not have to work or go to school

    1st May is a holiday in many European countries.

    See also bank holiday
  3. 3
    [uncountable] British the number of days or weeks during a year when you do not have to work but are paid. The American word is vacation

    Employees are entitled to four weeksannual holiday.

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