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

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 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of avocational

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Avocational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avocational. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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