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
Examples of avocation in a Sentence
He breeds dogs as an avocation.
My favorite avocation is reading.
Recent Examples of avocation from the Web
There is no industry, profession or avocation which does not rely on the internet to gather or distribute data, or both.
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AVOCATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of avocation for English Language Learners
: an activity that you do regularly for enjoyment rather than as a job
AVOCATION Defined for Kids
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