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.
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
First Known Use: circa 1617
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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