noun, often attributive \vā-ˈkā-shən, və-\

: a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel

: the number of days or hours per year for which an employer agrees to pay workers while they are not working

: a time when schools, colleges, and universities are closed

Full Definition of VACATION

:  a respite or a time of respite from something :  intermission
a :  a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended
b :  a period of exemption from work granted to an employee
:  a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation <had a restful vacation at the beach>
:  an act or an instance of vacating

Examples of VACATION

  1. Family vacations were a high point in my childhood.
  2. When are you taking vacation this year?
  3. Employees are entitled to 120 hours of paid vacation.
  4. I don't have any vacation days left.
  5. We have a one-week vacation in February.
  6. The university will be closed for Christmas vacation.

Origin of VACATION

Middle English vacacioun, from Anglo-French vacacion, from Latin vacation-, vacatio freedom, exemption, from vacare
First Known Use: 14th century



: to go somewhere during a vacation

vacationedvacation·ing \-sh(ə-)niŋ\

Full Definition of VACATION

intransitive verb
:  to take or spend a vacation <vacationed at the shore>
va·ca·tion·er \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

Examples of VACATION

  1. <hoping to vacation in Spain this summer>

First Known Use of VACATION



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