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 avocational (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 Grandma, who’s something of a healer and avocational witchbuster—Ms. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Witches’ Review: Beguiling Time Shift, Cursed Effects," 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, "Hunt is on for massive San Antonio pecan tree photographed in early 1900s by controversial eugenics promoter," 13 June 2020 But Blanche was probably the first fictional black maid to solve a murder while working for a wealthy white family, and to go on to become an avocational gumshoe in a series of books from a mainstream American publisher. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Barbara Neely, Activist Turned Mystery Writer, Dies at 78," 11 Mar. 2020 Not a musician by trade, Brown’s an avocational drummer and enjoyed taking lessons from Berklee professors throughout his tenure. BostonGlobe.com, "Roger H. Brown, credited with broadening the global reach of Berklee College of Music while increasing campus diversity in his 15 years as president, has announced his plans to step down. He will leave his post in 2021, perhaps sooner if the college can quickly find a replacement.," 18 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of avocational

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Avocational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avocational. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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