Incorrect spelling, explanation: some learners of English can confuse the word holy with holly, meaning a shrub or a tree with shiny evergreen leaves and red berries. However, the word
hollyday does not exist and therefore, this is a misspelling. It means that the users of English should memorize that the only correct form is holiday, not hollyday.
Correct spelling, explanation: the word comes from Old English, stemming from two parts of the speech, the adjective holy and the noun day which literally means a special, sacred period of time. In the 12th century, it was known as haliday, and as the form used today holiday first surfaced in the 1500s. Considering the origin of the language, we conclude that holiday is spelled correctly, whereas
hollyday is not.
Definition of holiday:
noun/verb, a period free from work and school when people spend it for travel, rest, or recreation; a time when people do not go to work for religious or national reasons,
When I was on holiday in Bulgaria, I caught the flu.
Last year we paid for the entire holiday for our children.
I forgot that Friday is a holiday and we won’t have anything to eat.
This is a romantic place to enjoy my holiday.
Phrases with holiday:
have/take a holiday
Jane is taking three weeks’ holiday in September.
enjoy your holiday! – wish someone to have a good holiday;
“I’m sorry but next week I will be on holiday”. “OK, Enjoy your holiday!”
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