noun (1)
hob·​by | \ ˈhä-bē How to pronounce hobby (audio) \
plural hobbies

Definition of hobby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small Old World falcon (Falco subbuteo) that is dark blue above and white below with dark streaking on the breast


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plural hobbies

Definition of hobby (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation Writing is just a hobby of his. Her hobbies include gardening and bird-watching.

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Noun (2)

hobbyist \ ˈhä-​bē-​ist How to pronounce hobbyist (audio) \ noun

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First Known Use of hobby

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hobby

Noun (1)

Middle English hoby, from Anglo-French hobel, hobé

Noun (2)

short for hobbyhorse

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The first known use of hobby was in the 15th century

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“Hobby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hobby. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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hob·​by | \ ˈhä-bē How to pronounce hobby (audio) \
plural hobbies

Kids Definition of hobby

: an interest or activity engaged in for pleasure

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