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Holiday vs. Vacation

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Main Difference

The main difference between Holiday and Vacation is that the Holiday is a festive day set aside by custom or by law and Vacation is a leave of absence from a regular occupation, or a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism.

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  • Holiday (noun)

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

    "Today is a Wiccan holiday!"

  • Holiday (noun)

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

  • Holiday (noun)

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

  • Holiday (noun)

    (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."

  • Holiday (noun)

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

  • Holiday (verb)

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

  • Holiday (verb)

    To spend a period of time for travel.

  • Vacation (noun)

    Freedom from some business or activity. from 14th c.

  • Vacation (noun)

    Free time given over to a specific purpose; occupation, activity. 15th-17th c.

  • Vacation (noun)

    A period during which official activity or business is formally suspended; an official holiday from university, law courts etc. from 15th c.

  • Vacation (noun)

    A holiday; a stretch of leisure time away from work or duty and devoted to rest or pleasure. from 19th c.

  • Vacation (noun)

    The act of vacating something; moving out. from 19th c.

    "The Conservative Party’s vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents."

  • Vacation (noun)

    The act of making legally void.

  • Vacation (verb)

    To spend or take a vacation.

    "This year, we’re vacationing in Mexico."

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Holiday (noun)

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

  • Holiday (noun)

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

  • Holiday (noun)

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

  • Holiday (adjective)

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

  • Holiday (adjective)

    Occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion.

  • Vacation (noun)

    The act of vacating; a making void or of no force; as, the vacation of an office or a charter.

  • Vacation (noun)

    Intermission of a stated employment, procedure, or office; a period of intermission; rest; leisure.

  • Vacation (noun)

    Intermission of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next; nonterm; recess.

  • Vacation (noun)

    A period of intermission of regular paid work or employment, or of studies and exercises at an educational institution; the time during which a person temporarily ceases regular duties of any kind and performs other activites, usually some form of liesure; holidays; recess (at a school); as, the spring vacation; to spend one's vacation travelling; to paint the house while on vacation. Vacation is typically used for rest, travel, or recreation, but may be used for any purpose. In Britain this sense of vacation is usually referred to as holiday.

  • Vacation (noun)

    The time when an office is vacant;

Webster Dictionary
  • Holiday (noun)

    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"

  • Holiday (noun)

    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"

  • Holiday (verb)

    spend or take a vacation

  • Vacation (noun)

    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"

  • Vacation (noun)

    the act of making something legally void

  • Vacation (verb)

    spend or take a vacation

Princeton's WordNet

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