reservation

noun
res·​er·​va·​tion | \ ˌre-zər-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of reservation

1 : an act of reserving something: such as
a(1) : the act or fact of a grantor's reserving some newly created thing out of the thing granted
(2) : the right or interest so reserved
b : the setting of limiting conditions or withholding from complete exposition answered without reservation
c : an arrangement to have something (such as a hotel room) held for one's use also : a promise, guarantee, or record of such engagement
2a : a limiting condition agreed, but with reservations
b : doubt, misgiving had serious reservations about marriage
3 : something reserved: such as
a : a tract of public land set aside (as for use by American Indians)
b : an area in which hunting is not permitted especially : one set aside as a secure breeding place

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Other Words from reservation

reservationist \ ˌre-​zər-​ˈvā-​sh(ə-​)nist \ noun

Examples of reservation in a Sentence

We made dinner reservations at the restaurant for 6 o'clock. I have a hotel reservation. My only reservation about buying the car was its high price.
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From luxury hotels to kid-friendly options, here are the best places to make a reservation. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The 8 Best Places in London for Afternoon Tea," 3 Jan. 2019 Even shoppers have to make a reservation at this exclusive location. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Restoration Hardware's New California Compound Is A Wine Lover's Dream," 2 Jan. 2019 And on your last night in town, be sure to make a reservation at Cottonwood, an award-winning restaurant housed in one of the country’s oldest ski lodges perched overlooking downtown Truckee. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Why Bay Area Residents Are Flocking to Truckee, California—And You Should Too," 11 Dec. 2018 On the first day in Ho Chi Minh, dinner reservations are at Com Nieu Sai Gon, which made an appearance on No Reservations season 5, episode 10 (air date: March 2009) and was Bourdain's favorite spot in the city. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Tour Through Vietnam Honors Anthony Bourdain," 21 Aug. 2018 Bkhchadzhyan used Hilton’s credit card information to make a reservation at a 2015 New Year’s Eve party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and, with her friends, charged $40,000 in one night. Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg.com, "Paris Hilton's Hacker Sentenced to Almost Five Years in Prison," 7 May 2018 Our only goal for the rest of the day is to make it to our 7pm dinner reservation at Wm Farmer and Sons. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "'I Took a Surprise Vacation and Finally Gave Up Some Control'," 8 Nov. 2018 In October, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of conservative voter laws that reportedly disenfranchised any voter without a street address, which includes any indigenous person living on a designated native reservation. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Three States Approved Legal Marijuana During Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 On the Yakama reservation, many cases of missing people or mysterious deaths of women and men remain unsolved. Tammy Ayer, The Seattle Times, "47 years, zero answers: 16-year-old Toppenish girl disappeared after Christmas Eve 1971. Her sister refuses to give up the search.," 4 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of reservation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reservation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reservation

: an arrangement to have something (such as a room, table, or seat) held for your use at a later time

: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty about something

: an area of land in the U.S. that is kept separate as a place for Native Americans to live

reservation

noun
res·​er·​va·​tion | \ ˌre-zər-ˈvā-shən \

Kids Definition of reservation

1 : an act of setting something aside for future use
2 : an arrangement to have something (as seating in a restaurant) held for someone's use
3 : something (as land) set aside for a special use a wildlife reservation
4 : an area of land set aside for American Indians to live
5 : something that limits I can't agree without reservations.

reservation

noun
res·​er·​va·​tion

Legal Definition of reservation

1 : the act or an instance of reserving reservation of rights
2 : the creation by and for a grantor of a new right or interest (as an easement) in real property granted to another also : the right or interest so created or the clause creating it in a deed — compare exception
3a : public land reserved for a special purpose (as conservation)
b : a tract of land reserved for use by an American Indian tribe — see also Indian Removal Act of 1830 — compare Indian title at title

Note: The federal government has jurisdiction over certain serious felonies committed on American Indian reservations, and a member of a tribe is vested with the rights of an American citizen even if in a tribal court proceeding. Prior to the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, states could obtain civil and criminal jurisdiction over a reservation or other American Indian lands by legislative action, but that Act created the requirement that such jurisdiction be acquired with the consent of the tribe as manifest in an election among tribal adults. This requirement was not retroactive. Federal land claim settlement acts pertaining to particular states have included statutes expressly assigning civil and criminal jurisdiction to the states involved.

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