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 In the end, Bruce decided to take a gap year before leaving. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 For example, look at relevant coursework, projects, and presentations; consider job shadowing, internships, fieldwork, co-ops, volunteer/community service, and similar experiences; look at independent study, study abroad, and gap year experiences. Shawn Vanderziel, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 This program caters to gap year programs after high school and mid-life adventurers and corporate volunteers. Melissa Klurman, Parents, 18 Jan. 2024 During his gap years, the Giants won no Super Bowl championships, and Chris has led them to victory twice more, in 2007 and 2011. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 Tom Holland is actually almost done with his acting gap year. Emlyn Travis,, 13 June 2023 Then-Prince Charles was known to take ski holidays with his two sons in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and the 2004 adventure may have fallen during Harry’s gap year of travel, according to his royal bio. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 In 2000, 21-year-old Lucie Blackman decided to take a gap year, moving to Tokyo from her home in the United Kingdom. Korin Miller, Women's Health, 27 July 2023 Hamann wanted to study entrepreneurship at Florida State University; Remmick was considering attending a local college or taking a gap year. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gap year was in 1978

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“Gap year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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