sabbatical year


often capitalized S : a year of rest for the land observed every seventh year in ancient Judea
: a leave often with pay granted usually every seventh year (as to a college professor) for rest, travel, or research

called also sabbatical leave

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Every seventh year, the Torah tells us in Parshat Behar, is the Shemittah (sabbatical year). Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 3 May 2021 Three of those appearances were in Charli Turner Thorne's early coaching years at ASU and another during her sabbatical year off in 2011-12. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2021 After two of these cycles fully take place, the sabbatical year (the seventh year) occurs when no tithe is taken at all. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 31 Aug. 2020 In India, sabbatical years are often frowned upon, fit only for the rich and pampered. Diksha Madhok, Quartz India, 5 Dec. 2019 Greta is taking a sabbatical year from school to attend conferences and meetings with policymakers and those impacted by climate change. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 11 Oct. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Thunberg is now taking a sabbatical year from school, and is hoping to meet with people on the front line of the climate change movement during her trip to North America, which will include visits to Canada, Mexico and Chile. Suyin Haynes, Time, 29 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sabbatical year was in 1599

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“Sabbatical year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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