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Holiday vs. Festive

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Holidaynoun

A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.

‘Today is a Wiccan holiday!’;

Festiveadjective

Having the atmosphere, decoration, or attitude of a festival, holiday, or celebration.

‘The room was decked out in festive streamers, with flowers everywhere.’;

Holidaynoun

A day declared free from work by the state or government.

Festiveadjective

In the mood to celebrate.

‘Please put the Christmas decorations away, I'm really not in a festive mood.’;

Holidaynoun

A period of one or more days taken off work for leisure and often travel; often plural (US English: vacation).

Festiveadjective

Pertaining to, or becoming, a feast; festal; joyous; gay; mirthful; sportive.

‘The glad circle round them yield their soulsTo festive mirth and wit that knows no gall.’;

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Holidaynoun

(US English: vacation) A period during which pupils do not attend their school; often plural; rarely used for students at university (usually: vacation).

‘I want to take a French course this summer holiday.’;

Festiveadjective

offering fun and gaiety;

‘a gala ball after the inauguration’; ‘a festive (or festal) occasion’; ‘gay and exciting night life’; ‘a merry evening’;

Holidaynoun

A gap in coverage, e.g. of paint on a surface, or sonar imagery.

Holidayverb

To take a period of time away from work or study.

Holidayverb

(British) To spend a period of time for travel.

Holidaynoun

A consecrated day; religious anniversary; a day set apart in honor of some person, or in commemoration of some event. See Holyday.

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Holidaynoun

A day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement and gayety; a festival day.

‘And young and old come forth to playOn a sunshine holiday.’;

Holidaynoun

A day fixed by law for suspension of business; a legal holiday.

Holidayadjective

Of or pertaining to a festival; cheerful; joyous; gay.

Holidayadjective

Occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion.

‘Courage is but a holiday kind of virtue, to be seldom exercised.’;

Holidaynoun

leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure;

‘we get two weeks of vacation every summer’; ‘we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico’;

Holidaynoun

a day on which work is suspended by law or custom;

‘no mail is delivered on federal holidays’; ‘it's a good thing that New Year's was a holiday because everyone had a hangover’;

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Holidayverb

spend or take a vacation

Holidaynoun

an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling.

‘I spent my summer holidays on a farm’; ‘Fred was on holiday in Spain’;

Holidaynoun

a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done

‘25 December is an official public holiday’;

Holidaynoun

characteristic of a holiday; festive

‘a holiday atmosphere’;

Holidaynoun

a short period during which the payment of instalments, tax, etc. may be suspended

‘a pension holiday’;

Holidayverb

spend a holiday in a specified place

‘he is holidaying in Italy’;

Holiday

A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work including school, are suspended or reduced. Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance.

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