avocation

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noun av·o·ca·tion \ˌa-və-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of avocation

  1. 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. 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. 3 archaic :  diversion, distraction

Examples of avocation in a sentence

  1. He breeds dogs as an avocation.

  2. 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

avocation

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noun av·o·ca·tion \ˌa-və-ˈkā-shən\

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

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noun av·o·ca·tion \ˌa-və-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of avocation for Students

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



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