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
But then everything changed in 2019 while on vacation in Laguna Beach, California, when Shaye decided to open up and talk about her true feelings with Amanda. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 12 June 2024 One 2016 study linked spending less time on one’s phone to a more relaxing vacation. Jamie Friedlander Serrano, TIME, 12 June 2024
Verb
During his childhood, Harris says his family couldn’t afford to vacation far from their home. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 11 June 2024 Medina said Chidester is a devoted Christian who taught bible school to kids, someone who Medina had vacationed with in Tennessee. Andrea May Sahouri, Detroit Free Press, 28 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for vacation 

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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 25 Jun. 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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