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noun holiday pronunciation in British English /ˈhɒlɪdeɪ/
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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 golfing/skiing/seaside holiday
      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 weeks’ annual holiday.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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