holiday [-s] n

OE háligdæg, holy day.

  1. Day of joy, gaiety, and celebration; [fig.] joy; elation; happiness.
  2. [Fig.] freedom; independence.
  3. [Fig.] game; sport; activity like one would engage in on a holiday.
  4. Festival to celebrate a special religious event.
  5. Day set apart for commemorating an important event in the history of a nation.