stay·​ca·​tion | \ ˈstā-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce staycation (audio) \

Definition of staycation

: a vacation spent at home or nearby

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staycationer \ ˈstā-​ˈkā-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce staycation (audio) \ noun

Examples of staycation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hotels that receive guests for quarantine cannot take other guests, such as long-term residents or Hong Kongers looking for a staycation. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "A Quarantine Nightmare: Three Weeks in a Hotel, if You Can Find One," 6 Jan. 2021 While most are staying at home and staying safe, some couples and families have opted for a little staycation getaway this weekend. Alison Medley, Chron, "Rooms with a view of 2021: Texas hotels roll out holiday staycation deals for this weekend," 31 Dec. 2020 Below, how to do a staycation right, according to the Duchess of Sussex. Go offline. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Staycation Guide Is the Holiday Advice We Need Now," 21 Dec. 2020 Just 45 minutes from downtown Manhattan is a gorgeous cottage situated on the water that's perfect for a serene staycation. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Queens Cottage by the Water Features Seven Huge Skylights for Stargazing," 1 Dec. 2020 Start your staycation with a backwards day, Blair says. Popular Science, "Stuck at home? Trick your brain into treating a staycation like the real thing.," 22 Dec. 2020 Even if an appointment at the hotel spa isn't an option, there are ways to make your staycation special. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Staycation Guide Is the Holiday Advice We Need Now," 21 Dec. 2020 We’re being encouraged to support New York City’s tourism industry by planning a pricey holiday staycation—preferably including a hotel stay and a visit to a weird Times Square museum. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "New Yorkers Take in Big Apple Sights as Tourists," 17 Nov. 2020 Prepare to wave goodbye to 2020 by reserving a staycation at a Connecticut hotel, inn or B&B now., "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of staycation

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for staycation

blend of stay entry 3 and vacation

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The first known use of staycation was in 1944

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Staycation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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