av·​o·​ca·​tion·​al | \ ˌa-və-ˈkā-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce avocational (audio) \

Definition of avocational

1 : of or relating to an avocation an avocational interest in sports
2 : being such by avocation an avocational musician

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Other Words from avocational

avocationally \ ˌa-​və-​ˈkā-​sh(ə-​)nə-​lē How to pronounce avocationally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of avocational in a Sentence

just a bunch of avocational rockers who get together in a garage on weekends
Recent Examples on the Web The researcher director for the restoration was Martin L. Crimmins (covered here Nov. 7, 2010), a retired Army officer and avocational herpetologist who was a curator at the Witte Museum, where the NYA worked on the snake exhibit. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Mystery of cannonball found at San Antonio’s La Villita in 1939 remains unsolved," 3 Aug. 2019 Music, art, cooking, travel, animals and literature are woven into the the professional, avocational and family lives of her children and grandchildren. courant.com, "Ilana Hirsch Kertzman," 19 June 2018 Several music lovers populate the field of 102nd running of the 500-Mile Race, including high-profile electronic dance music fan Conor Daly and avocational rock drummer Will Power. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "How Tony Kanaan learned English from Garth Brooks and more Indy 500 music notes," 24 May 2018 Focusing on dances that explore social conventions and expectations, from disco fever to online dating, the concert features 16 professional and avocational dancers, with live music by Eli Sundae. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 20 Apr. 2018 An avocational genealogist, Mrs. Kilpatrick was a member of: the Jamestowne Society; the Colonial Dames of America; the National Society of Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution. courant.com, "Faye H. Kilpatrick," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of avocational

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Avocational.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avocational. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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