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 reservationist (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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California lawmakers approved a bill Thursday granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tourists may pay tolls to drive San Francisco crooked street," 6 Sep. 2019 Eric Young, a spokesman for the transportation authority, said a toll and reservation system would not be in place until spring 2020 at the soonest. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Tolls, reservations for SF’s Lombard Street approved by California lawmakers," 5 Sep. 2019 And on an Indian reservation of fewer than 2,200 people, tragedy reaches everybody. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Ute Mountain Ute tribe confronts rising youth suicide rates with new mental health center," 3 Sep. 2019 The land became disputed more than a century ago after the original map of the reservation was lost. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 Requests for gluten-free dishes can be accommodated if they're made at the same time as the reservations. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Lazy Susan in Bay View, European cooking classes will pair wines to dishes," 29 Aug. 2019 An advanced seat reservation system, using small digital screens along the top of the aisle, will address a common complaint about the current method of open seating and allow passengers to plan their travel together, Decker said. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Check out the interior of Amtrak’s new Acela trains, coming in 2021," 28 Aug. 2019 She was born on a South Dakota reservation, and belonged to an eminent Sioux family. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity," 19 Aug. 2019 Thousands of Native American women go missing or are victims of violence every year, both on reservations and in cities. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "The remains of a Native American woman who went missing in October have been found," 15 July 2019

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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 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 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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