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holiday (n.)

1500年代, 更早的 haliday (13世纪), 来自古英语 haligdæ g “圣日, 献身日, 宗教纪念日; 安息日”, 来自 halig “圣” (见 holy) + dæ g “日” (见 day); 在14世纪既有“宗教节日” 的意思, 也有“免除劳动和娱乐的日子” 的意思, 但发音和意义分化了16世纪 作为形容词15世纪中期 Happy holidays, 来自19世纪中期, 在英国英语中, 指学校的暑假. 作为圣诞节时的问候语, 到1937年, 美式英语, 在骆驼牌香烟广告中.

holiday (v.)

“打发假期”, 1869年, 来自 holiday (n.).

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Definitions of holiday from WordNet
1
holiday (n.)
leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure;
we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico
Synonyms: vacation
holiday (n.)
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
2
holiday (v.)
spend or take a vacation;
Synonyms: vacation
From wordnet.princeton.edu