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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bank holiday
▪ But that remains an annual event, with the sixth one coming up this August bank holiday.
▪ Now that's what they call a bank holiday outing.
bank holiday

n. 1 (context chiefly British English) In Great Britain and some other countries, a weekday, often a Monday, on which most businesses are closed and granted to workers as a national holiday. 2 (context euphemism English) A closure of banks in a jurisdiction to curtail or prevent a bank run.

bank holiday

n. any of several weekdays when banks are closed; a legal holiday in Britain

Bank holiday

A bank holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, some Commonwealth countries, other European countries, and a colloquialism for a public holiday in Ireland. There is no automatic right to time off on these days, although banks close and the majority of the working population is granted time off work or extra pay for working on these days, depending on their contract. The first official bank holidays were the four days named in the Bank Holidays Act 1871, but today the term is colloquially used for Good Friday and Christmas Day which were already public holidays under common law and therefore not official bank holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Bank holiday (disambiguation)

Bank holiday may refer to:

  • Bank holiday, a public holiday in the UK and Ireland during which banking institutions are closed for business
  • Federal holiday, a public holiday in the US during which banking institutions are closed for business
  • See the Emergency Banking Act for Bank holiday declared in the USA on March 9, 1933 during the Great Depression
Music and entertainment
  • "Bank Holiday", a song by the Britpop band Blur on their 1994 album Parklife
  • Bank Holiday, a musical composition by Albert Ketèlbey
  • "Bank Holiday Monday", a song by the Britrock band Stereophonics
  • The Bank Holidays, an Australian indie pop band
  • Bank Holiday (film)
Bank Holiday (film)

Bank Holiday is a 1938 British drama film directed by Carol Reed and starring John Lodge, Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Williams and Kathleen Harrison.

Usage examples of "bank holiday".

There's a rumor the governor'll declare Monday a bank holiday and close the banks for as long as needed -it's just a matter of time before cash becomes available to stop the loss of confidence.

We wait for the pounds, the governor declaring Monday a bank holiday or as long as we need.

They set themselves targets, their birthday, Christmas, August Bank Holiday and so on.

I had to go three times to London, and then in the middle of it all the August Bank Holiday came and everything stopped dead for about four days.

The arena was now pitted with holes like a beach after a hot bank holiday.

There are too many such things afoot for my comfort: trolls not a league beyond Twombly Town, emu airships having a bank holiday and buzzing up and down the river, Willowood Station lost.

Maybe I should ring Tom and get a lovely party together for Bank Holiday Monday.

There were plenty of soldiers out on bank holiday night, and cruising for prostitutes was not an uncommon activ­.

There were plenty of soldiers out on bank holiday night, and cruising for prostitutes was not an uncommon activity among military men.