: a leave of absence granted to a governmental or institutional employee (such as a soldier or civil servant)
: a document authorizing such a leave of absence
- The Army began furloughs in September as so-called 'sanity checks' for soldiers whose tour has stretched to nearly a year.
- —Jenny Deam
: a temporary leave from work that is not paid and is often for a set period of time
- One possible way to avoid layoffs is through furloughs—making workers take an unpaid leave of absence … .
- —Paul B. Brown
: a set period of time when a prisoner is allowed to leave a prison
- Those probation officers are then able to monitor criminals serving their sentences in work camps or on furlough rather than in jail as a way of relieving overcrowding.
- —Richard Willing