Definition of public holiday noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


public holiday

BrE BrE//ˌpʌblɪk ˈhɒlədeɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpʌblɪk ˈhɑːlədeɪ//
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a day on which most of the shops/stores, businesses and schools in a country are closed, often to celebrate a particular event compare bank holiday
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: public holiday