- Military. a vacation or leave of absence granted to an enlisted person.
- a usually temporary layoff from work: Many plant workers have been forced to go on furlough.
- a temporary leave of absence authorized for a prisoner from a penitentiary.
- to grant a furlough to.
- to lay (an employee or worker) off from work, usually temporarily.
Origin of furlough
Examples from the Web for furlough
Days later, after four years in jail, Tavakoli was freed on furlough.Iran Rejails Political Prisoner Majid Tavakoli
November 7, 2013
With more than 2/3 of CIA civilians on furlough, a number of worst-case situations became far more likely.With the Govt Open it’s Time to Repair National Security
October 17, 2013
Suddenly she has the power to furlough people, so she uses it.How ‘Veep’ Nailed the Government Shutdown
October 2, 2013
These are employees already being effected by furlough brought under the sequester.How the Government Shutdown Hurts National Security
September 30, 2013
The Food Safety and Inspection Service says it will be forced to furlough employees if cuts are enacted.Eight Ways the Sequester Could Ruin Your Life
February 22, 2013
I will see to it, in the morning, that you have a furlough for a month.Shoulder-Straps
He got a furlough from his general, and came home in disguise.
You'll give a body a furlough, by the way of blowing off the fuddle he has on hand?An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
They had let him out on furlough, well knowing that they could trust his word.Chatterbox, 1905.
And Russia evacuated Masampo, while Pavloff was told that he might take a furlough.The Story of Russia
R. Van Bergen, M.A.
- leave of absence from military duty
- US a temporary laying-off of employees, usually because there is insufficient work to occupy them
- to grant a furlough to
- US to lay off (staff) temporarily
Word Origin and History for furlough
The -gh spelling developed by 1770s and represents an "f" that was once pronounced at the end of the word but disappeared fairly soon thereafter in English.
1783, from furlough (n.). Related: Furloughed; furloughing.