gap year


Definition of gap year

: a one-year hiatus from academic studies to allow for nonacademic activities

Examples of gap year in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The number of students doing a traditional gap year program is trending back to ordinary levels for the 2021-2022 school year. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 24 May 2021 With international travel — often a staple of traditional gap year programs — on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, more students than ever made an independent itinerary for their year off from traditional school. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 24 May 2021 From the New York Times, a story on Ivy League athletes denied a sports season but figuring way to have gap year. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Iwama said students were delaying college or taking a gap year until the pandemic ends. Carole Carlson,, 26 Apr. 2021 The coach was simply comparing the stresses of a fifth straight run to the NBA Finals and the rash of season-ending injuries with playing free and easy during last season’s gap year of no expectations. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2021 Allie Vaandering, a private gap year coach, says her phone has been ringing constantly. Ian Frisch, Town & Country, 23 Feb. 2021 Harry went on to spend a chunk of his gap year in Klosters, and Williams first photograph with Kate Middleton dates back to a 2004 trip to the ski town. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, 30 Nov. 2020 Even though gap year options might not be as numerous as previous year, there are still plenty of choices, says Ethan Knight, executive director of the Gap Year Association. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of gap year

1978, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gap year

: a year that you spend traveling, working, etc., before continuing your studies


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