furlough


1fur·lough

noun \ˈfər-(ˌ)lō\

: a period of time when a soldier is allowed to leave the place where he or she is stationed

: a period of time when an employee is told not to come to work and is not paid

: a period of time when a prisoner is allowed to leave prison

Full Definition of FURLOUGH

:  a leave of absence from duty granted especially to a soldier; also :  a document authorizing such a leave of absence

Examples of FURLOUGH

  1. Each employee will have a one-day furlough every month.
  2. <the landscaping company usually has to put most of its personnel on furlough during the extremely slow winter months>

Origin of FURLOUGH

Dutch verlof, literally, permission, from Middle Dutch, from ver- for- + lof permission; akin to Middle High German loube permission — more at for-, leave
First Known Use: 1625

Related to FURLOUGH

Synonyms
ax (or axe), discharge, dismissal, layoff, redundancy [chiefly British]

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2furlough

verb

: to grant a furlough to (someone)

: to put (a worker) on furlough

Full Definition of FURLOUGH

transitive verb
1
:  to grant a furlough to
2
:  to lay off from work

Examples of FURLOUGH

  1. The company will consider furloughing a small number of workers.

First Known Use of FURLOUGH

1781

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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