reservation

noun
res·​er·​va·​tion | \ ˌre-zər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce reservation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce reservation (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Ramirez had nabbed a precious reservation at Lucia for his wife’s birthday, and the smooth, salty mousse left him awestruck enough to approach chef and owner David Uygur. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Cypress Cove will open with a maximum capacity of 450 guests and swimmers are required to make a prepaid, two-and-a-half-hour reservation online prior to entry. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, 3 June 2021 The Klamath Tribes eventually signed a treaty surrendering some 20 million acres of their historic lands in exchange for a reservation along Upper Klamath Lake and the perpetual right to hunt and fish. New York Times, 1 June 2021 The resurgence in travel is now happening faster than the rental car companies are able to replenish their stock, and consumers fortunate enough to secure a rental reservation are paying hefty prices at the counter. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Unlike previous years, tickets are only available for purchase online, and a reservation is required. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 21 May 2021 While California was hit particularly hard in the past year, there actually has never been a better time to try wine here; most wineries require a reservation these days, and as a result, guests get a more curated experience. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 May 2021 Harbor reservation can be made by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com for transient slips. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 31 May 2021 MetroAccess will require a reservation; subscription trips are canceled. Washington Post, 30 May 2021

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First Known Use of reservation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Reservation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reservation. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce reservation (audio) \

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 tribes of indigenous people to live and govern
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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