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

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Examples of avocation in a Sentence

He breeds dogs as an avocation. My favorite avocation is reading.

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For this year, the Ashford Arts Council created a scholarship that will go to two graduating EOSmith seniors interested in pursuing a vocation or avocation in the performing arts or fine arts and have exhibited good citizenship qualities. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 For this year, the Ashford Arts Council created a scholarship that will go to two graduating EOSmith seniors interested in pursuing a vocation or avocation in the performing arts or fine arts and have exhibited good citizenship qualities. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 Bill was active in local politics and enjoyed his major avocation, the fire service. courant.com, "William S. Graham," 22 Apr. 2018 Infiltrating the Arts In many Western countries, theater is an avocation for elites. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, "How Viktor Orban Bends Hungarian Society to His Will," 27 Mar. 2018 Then, after somebody offered to buy a clawfoot bathtub that Gudger had removed from his house during a renovation, his avocation grew into a little side business. Bob Carlton, AL.com, "Making what's old new again at Alabama's Southern Accents," 18 Apr. 2018 For this year, the Ashford Arts Council created a scholarship that will go to two graduating EOSmith seniors interested in pursuing a vocation or avocation in the performing arts or fine arts and have exhibited good citizenship qualities. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 17 Apr. 2018 For this year, the Ashford Arts Council created a scholarship that will go to two graduating EOSmith seniors interested in pursuing a vocation or avocation in the performing arts or fine arts and have exhibited good citizenship qualities. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 And texters—call it an avocation—have blurred vision. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyes—And Our Ability to See?," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of avocation

circa 1617, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for avocation

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

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The first known use of avocation was circa 1617

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avocation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of avocation

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

avocation

noun
av·​o·​ca·​tion | \ˌa-və-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of avocation

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

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