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Holiday vs. Observance

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Holidaynoun

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

‘Today is a Wiccan holiday!’;

Observancenoun

The practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule.

Holidaynoun

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

Observancenoun

The custom of celebrating a holiday or similar occasion.

Holidaynoun

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

Observancenoun

Observation or the act of watching.

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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.’;

Observancenoun

(religion) A rule governing a religious order, especially in the Roman Catholic church.

Holidaynoun

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

Observancenoun

The act or practice of observing or noticing with attention; a heeding or keeping with care; performance; - usually with a sense of strictness and fidelity; as, the observance of the Sabbath is general; the strict observance of duties.

‘It is a customMore honored in the breach than the observance.’;

Holidayverb

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

Observancenoun

An act, ceremony, or rite, as of worship or respect; especially, a customary act or service of attention; a form; a practice; a rite; a custom.

‘At dancesThese young folk kept their observances.’; ‘Use all the observance of civility.’; ‘Some represent to themselves the whole of religion as consisting in a few easy observances.’; ‘O I that wasted time to tend upon her,To compass her with sweet observances!’;

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Holidayverb

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

Observancenoun

Servile attention; sycophancy.

‘Salads and flesh, such as their haste could get,Served with observance.’; ‘This is not atheism,But court observance.’; ‘Love rigid honesty,And strict observance of impartial laws.’;

Holidaynoun

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

Observancenoun

the act of observing; taking a patient look

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.’;

Observancenoun

a formal event performed on a special occasion;

‘a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor’;

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Holidaynoun

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

Observancenoun

the act of noticing or paying attention;

‘he escaped the notice of the police’;

Holidayadjective

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

Observancenoun

conformity with law or custom or practice etc.

Holidayadjective

Occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion.

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

Observancenoun

the practice of observing the requirements of law, morality, or ritual

‘strict observance of the rules’; ‘the decline in religious observance’;

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’;

Observancenoun

an act performed for religious or ceremonial reasons

‘official anniversary observances’;

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’;

Observancenoun

a rule to be followed by a religious order

‘he drew up a body of monastic observances’;

Holidayverb

spend or take a vacation

Observancenoun

the action of watching or noticing something

‘the baby's motionless observance of me’;

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’;

Observancenoun

respect; deference

‘the tramp gave them no observance’;

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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