Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HALIDAY, n. Also haly-. Sc. variants of Eng. holiday, used both metaph. and attrib. For explanation of first vowel see Halie. [′helɪde] Sc. 1702  R. Blau Libamina 18:
I shall give you your Haliday's name, i.e. paint you in your true colours.
Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 106:
Keep Haly-day on ilka Howm, With Gowan Garlands gird your Brows.
Rnf. 1829  R. Chambers Sc. Songs 687:
O, bonnie Mary Hay, it is haliday to me, When thou are couthie, kind, and free.

[O.Sc. haliday, etc. from a.1400.]

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"Haliday n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Oct 2018 <>



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