What is the difference between "vacation" and "holiday"?

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tufguy

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1) I had a four days vacation last year.

2) I had a four days holiday last year.

3) He went on holidays.

4) He went on a vacation.

Could you please check my sentences? What is the difference between "vacation" and "holiday"?
 

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In your examples, the use of "holiday" is British. "Vacation" is American. I use my vacation days at work when I want time off. I go on vacation when I take my family to some destination for fun.
 

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In 3, it should be on holiday IMO.
 

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... a four-day vacation/holiday ...

or

... a vacation/holiday for four days ...
 

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In your examples, the use of "holiday" is British. "Vacation" is American. I use my vacation days at work when I want time off. I go on vacation when I take my family to some destination for fun.

So "vacation" and "holiday" both are same. One is American other is British.
 

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Not necessarily. Christmas Day for example, is a holiday in both the UK and the USA. It is not a vacation.

So what is the difference between these two?
 
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