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gap year

[gap yeer] /ˈgæp ˌyɪər/
noun
1.
a period of time, usually an academic or calendar year, in which a student takes a break from school to travel, work, or volunteer, typically after ending high school and before starting college.
Origin of gap year
1975-1980
First recorded in 1975-80; gap + year
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British Dictionary definitions for gap year

gap year

noun
1.
(Brit) a year's break taken by a student between leaving school and starting further education
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Contemporary definitions for gap year
noun

a period of time taken by a student to travel or work, often after high school or before starting graduate school, as a break from formal education

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