sabbatical year


Definition of sabbatical year

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

called also sabbatical leave

Examples of sabbatical year in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In India, sabbatical years are often frowned upon, fit only for the rich and pampered. Diksha Madhok, Quartz India, "How to build a brave new world for the young, ambitious Indian woman," 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, "Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg takes her message to Denver," 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, "Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Will Sail Across the Atlantic for a Tour Around the Americas," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of sabbatical year

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sabbatical year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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