avocational

adjective

av·​o·​ca·​tion·​al ˌa-və-ˈkā-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce avocational (audio)
1
: of or relating to an avocation
an avocational interest in sports
2
: being such by avocation
an avocational musician
avocationally 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 Again, avocational people being kind of ahead of the archaeological profession. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2024 The avocational musicians rehearse three hours each Monday evening through the academic year, with two additional rehearsals during concert weeks. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 The Club’s motto, ‘Weaving spiders, come not here,’ conveys the Club’s character and purpose as a social, avocational organization. Wire Services, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2023 Further evidence for the connection between art and sound came from Steven J. Waller, a biochemist and avocational archaeologist from California. Douglas Starr, Discover Magazine, 25 Sep. 2012 Scott Brady, an avocational archaeologist with the Friends of the State Archeologist (FOSA) will discuss archaeology and the history of the Pitkin Glass Works. Hartford Courant, 9 Sep. 2022 Roses guitarist Slash, and — on one memorable night — comedy star and avocational vocalist Jim Carrey. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 Grandma, who’s something of a healer and avocational witchbuster—Ms. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2020 The photograph of this magnificent specimen is credited to Paul Popenoe, a jack-of-all-trades avocational scientist, who at that time worked with his younger brother Wilson Popenoe. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, 13 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of avocational was in 1910

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“Avocational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avocational. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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