vacation

1 of 2

noun

va·​ca·​tion vā-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce vacation (audio)
və-
often attributive
1
: a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation
had a restful vacation at the beach
2
a
: a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended
b
: a period of exemption from work granted to an employee
3
: a respite or a time of respite from something : intermission
4
: an act or an instance of vacating

vacation

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verb

vacationed; vacationing vā-ˈkā-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce vacation (audio)
və-

intransitive verb

: to take or spend a vacation
vacationed at the shore
vacationer noun

Examples of vacation in a Sentence

Noun Family vacations were a high point in my childhood. When are you taking vacation this year? Employees are entitled to 120 hours of paid vacation. I don't have any vacation days left. We have a one-week vacation in February. The university will be closed for Christmas vacation. Verb hoping to vacation in Spain this summer
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Here's a list of some local Airbnb listings to consider for a vacation: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Caboose on the Farm Distance From Downtown Louisville: About an hour drive, or 60 miles. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 13 Apr. 2024 And Lyman’s done it more than once, diverting a vacation to stop in London for one founder, and going from Mexico to San Francisco to get in front of another. Byallie Garfinkle, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 Airbnbs, timeshares, and vacation rental homes are also available, with the most convenient locations being Indio, Palm Desert, La Quinta, and Palm Springs. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 12 Apr. 2024 Or maybe to Orlando for a family vacation at Walt Disney World? Aaron Valdez, The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2024 However, some consumers report that the calls can also be about banking, vacation packages, warranties and Medicare cards, the BBB said. Betty Lin-Fisher, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 Earlier this week, Kardashian Barker posted a series of photos to Instagram from her recent spring break vacation, which included a cameo from her son Rocky. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 That goes for a meal at an L.A. restaurant or a vacation on a private beach on a Caribbean island. Pete Grathoff, Kansas City Star, 11 Apr. 2024 His work as The Arizona Republic’s consumer travel reporter aims to help readers navigate the stresses of traveling and get the best value for their money on their vacations. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2024
Verb
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jones produced nine songs on Combs' recent Love album from September 2022 to November 2023, lived with him in various U.S. cities and would vacation to other countries with him. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 People who pay taxes that contribute directly to the quality of the parks should be able to get first dibs in vacationing to those parks. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 22 Mar. 2024 Middle-class Russians had gotten used to vacationing in Europe. Andrei Kolesnikov, Foreign Affairs, 7 Mar. 2024 The importance of vacationing for health and happiness has been accepted for millennia. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Feb. 2024 Carolyn Hax columns about friends Perspective Carolyn Hax: Friend is back on with abusive off-and-on boyfriend, acting as... Perspective Carolyn Hax: How to say no to longtime friends who vacation by drinking all... Perspective Carolyn Hax: Sharing is scaring? Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 Feel free to roam: All-inclusive resorts make vacationing super convenient, but don't be afraid to venture off-property and experience Mexican culture outside of the gates. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 11 Mar. 2024 The Laguna Beach alum revealed her relationship with boyfriend Mark Estes in February 2024 with an Instagram photo of the two of them vacationing in Los Cabos, Mexico. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 And did Willis financially benefit from it as the two vacationed in Belize, Napa Valley and elsewhere together? Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English vacacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French vacacion, borrowed from Latin vacātiōn-, vacātiō "exemption from service, respite from work," from vacāre "to be empty, be free, have leisure" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at vacant

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vacation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vacation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vacation. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

vacation

1 of 2 noun
va·​ca·​tion vā-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce vacation (audio)
və-
1
: a period during which activity (as of a school) is stopped for a time
2
: a period spent away from home or business in travel or amusement

vacation

2 of 2 verb
vacationed; vacationing
-sh(ə-)niŋ
: to take or spend a vacation
vacationer noun

Legal Definition

vacation

noun
va·​ca·​tion
1
: a period in which activity or work is suspended
specifically : an interval between judicial terms
2
: an act or instance of vacating
vacation of a judgment

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