va·​cay ˈvā-ˌkā How to pronounce vacay (audio)
plural vacays
US, informal
: vacation
a family vacay
vacay plans
If you're kicking yourself for not planning a vacay earlier, check out cheapie last-minute plane tix at one of these sites …Cosmopolitan
If you feel like you need a break from adulting, July is the time to take that mental vacay.Brandi Neal

Examples of vacay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If you’re headed out on vacay, stock up on the Voyager Linen Pant. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 6 Nov. 2023 Perhaps useful for stars and directors who want to do a little work whilst on vacay: Epicure, Mythique and Elle all have professional level screening rooms. Linda Laban, Robb Report, 10 Oct. 2023 The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star shared a photo of her pup on Instagram, wearing a tropical vacay shirt and sitting next to a bouquet and wedding ring. Emily St. Martin, Peoplemag, 10 Sep. 2023 Fun vacay ideas for families with neurodivergent kids. 🧢 Wearing your favorite hat a little too much? Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 All three of these destinations promise an abundance of swoon-worthy moments in beautiful locales and a true departure from your predictable island vacay. Bridgette Bartlett Royall, Essence, 21 July 2023 Lori Harvey The beauty and entrepreneur knows how to vacay. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 29 Aug. 2023 The model posted some Insta pics from her recent vacay leaning against the railing of a boat in a pink and gray Dior patterned bikini top and a pair of loose-fitting, multicolor floral pants. Briannah Rivera, Seventeen, 11 July 2023 While she's rocked no shortage of colorful dresses and vibrant swimwear on her vacay thus far, Lipa broke out her most Barbiesque look yet. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


by shortening

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vacay was in 1991

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Cite this Entry

“Vacay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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