Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A religious festival; a day set apart for commemorating some important event in history; a day of exemption from labor. Webster. A day upon which the usual operations of business are suspended and the courts closed, and, generally, no legal process is served.
    —Legal holiday. A day designated by law as exempt from judicial proceedings, service of process, demand and protest of commercial paper, etc.
    —Public holiday. A legal holiday.