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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Holiday  \Hol`i*day\,  a. 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  festival;  cheerful;  joyous;  gay. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Occurring  rarely;  adapted  for  a  special  occasion. 
 
  Courage  is  but  a  holiday  kind  of  virtue,  to  be 
  seldom  exercised.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Holiday  \Hol"i*day\,  n.  [Holy  +  day.] 
  1.  A  consecrated  day  religious  anniversary;  a  day  set  apart 
  in  honor  of  some  person,  or  in  commemoration  of  some 
  event.  See  {Holyday}. 
 
  2.  A  day  of  exemption  from  labor;  a  day  of  amusement  and 
  gayety;  a  festival  day 
 
  And  young  and  old  come  forth  to  play  On  a  sunshine 
  holiday.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  (Law)  A  day  fixed  by  law  for  suspension  of  business;  a 
  legal  holiday. 
 
  Note:  In  the  United  States  legal  holidays,  so  called  are 
  determined  by  law,  commonly  by  the  statutes  of  the 
  several  States.  The  holidays  most  generally  observed 
  are:  the  22d  day  of  February  (Washington's  birthday), 
  the  30th  day  of  May  (Memorial  day),  the  4th  day  of  July 
  (Independence  day),  the  25th  day  of  December  (Christmas 
  day).  In  most  of  the  States  the  1st  day  of  January  is  a 
  holiday.  When  any  of  these  days  falls  on  Sunday, 
  usually  the  Monday  following  is  observed  as  the 
  holiday.  In  many  of  the  States  a  day  in  the  spring  (as 
  Good  Friday,  or  the  first  Thursday  in  April),  and  a  day 
  in  the  fall  (as  the  last  Thursday  in  November)  are  now 
  regularly  appointed  by  Executive  proclamation  to  be 
  observed,  the  former  as  a  day  of  fasting  and  prayer, 
  the  latter  as  a  day  of  thanksgiving  and  are  kept  as 
  holidays.  In  England,  the  days  of  the  greater  church 
  feasts  (designated  in  the  calendar  by  a  red  letter,  and 
  commonly  called  red-letter  days)  are  observed  as 
  general  holidays.  Bank  holidays  are  those  on  which  by 
  act  of  Parliament,  banks  may  suspend  business.  Although 
  Sunday  is  a  holiday  in  the  sense  of  a  day  when  business 
  is  legally  suspended,  it  is  not  usually  included  in  the 
  general  term,  the  phrase  ``Sundays  and  holidays''  being 
  more  common. 
 
  {The  holidays},  any  fixed  or  usual  period  for  relaxation  or 
  festivity;  especially,  Christmas  and  New  Year's  day  with 
  the  intervening  time. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  holiday 
  n  1:  leisure  time  away  from  work  devoted  to  rest  or  pleasure 
  [syn:  {vacation}] 
  2:  a  day  on  which  work  is  suspended  by  law  or  custom 
  v  :  spend  or  take  a  vacation  [syn:  {vacation}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Holiday,  FL  (CDP,  FIPS  31075) 
  Location:  28.18593  N,  82.74218  W 
  Population  (1990):  19360  (12160  housing  units) 
  Area:  13.4  sq  km  (land),  0.8  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  34690,  34691 




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