avocation

noun av·o·ca·tion \ ˌa-və-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of avocation

1 : a subordinate occupation pursued in addition to one's vocation especially for enjoyment : hobby
  • He's a professional musician, but his avocation is photography.
  • He had the restrained manners developed when tennis was the avocation of gentleman jocks …
  • —Margo Jefferson
2 : customary employment : vocation
  • 'My name is Riah,' said the old man, with courteous action, 'and my avocation is in London city.'
  • —Charles Dickens
3 archaic : diversion, distraction

Examples of avocation in a Sentence

  1. He breeds dogs as an avocation.

  2. My favorite avocation is reading.

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Origin and Etymology of avocation

Latin avocation-, avocatio, from avocare to call away, from ab- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice

AVOCATION Defined for English Language Learners

avocation

noun

Definition of avocation for English Language Learners

  • : an activity that you do regularly for enjoyment rather than as a job


AVOCATION Defined for Kids

avocation

noun av·o·ca·tion \ ˌa-və-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of avocation for Students

: an interest or activity that is not a regular job : hobby


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