noun (1)
sack·​ing | \ ˈsa-kiŋ How to pronounce sacking (audio) \
plural sackings

Definition of sacking

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an act of dismissal from employment or an office Days before the sacking, the trio drew up a list of candidate-heirs.— Andrew Meier Is it any wonder that so many nanny jobs end in blowups and abrupt sackings?— Caitlin Flanagan


noun (2)
plural sackings

Definition of sacking (Entry 2 of 3)

: an act or action of plundering or vanquishing the sacking of Rome One society leader compared the sight to the sacking of Versailles.— Louisa Thomas


noun (3)

Definition of sacking (Entry 3 of 3)

: material for sacks especially : a coarse fabric (such as burlap)

First Known Use of sacking

Noun (1)

1906, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1553, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1707, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sacking was in 1553

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“Sacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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sack·​ing | \ ˈsa-kiŋ How to pronounce sacking (audio) \

Kids Definition of sacking

: a strong rough cloth (as burlap) from which sacks are made

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