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Billie holiday

Billie (“Lady Day”) 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer.
Contemporary Examples

It brought me to billie holiday’s music in a way I never would have been brought to it had I not seen Diana in the role.
Beyonce Meets Etta Rachel Syme December 8, 2008

(often pl) (mainly Brit)

a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation US and Canadian word vacation
(as modifier): a holiday mood

a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etc related adjective ferial
(intransitive) (mainly Brit) to spend a holiday
Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer

1500s, earlier haliday (c.1200), from Old English haligdæg “holy day; Sabbath,” from halig “holy” (see holy) + dæg “day” (see day); in 14c. meaning both “religious festival” and “day of recreation,” but pronunciation and sense diverged 16c. As a verb meaning “to pass the holidays” by 1869.


A small area missed while painting
A forgotten or neglected task (1935+ Navy)

see: busman’s holiday


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