Definition of vocation
1a : a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action; especially : a divine call to the religious lifeb : an entry into the priesthood or a religious order
2a : the work in which a person is employed : occupationb : the persons engaged in a particular occupation
3 : the special function of an individual or group
Examples of vocation in a sentence
This isn't just a job for me; it's a vocation.
people who follow a religious vocation
He never felt a real sense of vocation.
I'm a carpenter by vocation, but my hobby is painting.
Origin and Etymology of vocation
Middle English vocacioun, from Anglo-French vocaciun, from Latin vocation-, vocatio summons, from vocare to call, from vox voice — more at voice
First Known Use: 15th century
VOCATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vocation for English Language Learners
: a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work (such as religious work)
: the work that a person does or should be doing
VOCATION Defined for Kids
Word Root of vocation
The Latin word vox, meaning “voice,” and the related word vocāre, meaning “to call”, give us the root voc or vok. Words from the Latin vox or vocāre have something to do with the voice or with calling. Anything vocal is produced by the voice. A vocation is the work that someone is called to do as a job. To evoke is to call forth. To invoke is to call on for aid or protection. To provoke is to call forth another's anger. The word voice also has vox as its root.
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