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[vey-kuh n-see] /ˈveɪ kən si/
noun, plural vacancies.
the state of being vacant; emptiness.
a vacant, empty, or unoccupied place, as untenanted lodgings or offices:
This building still has no vacancies.
a gap; opening; breach.
an unoccupied position or office:
a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
lack of thought or intelligence; vacuity:
a look of utter vacancy.
Crystallography. (in a crystal) an imperfection resulting from an unoccupied lattice position.
Compare interstitial (def 3).
Archaic. absence of activity; idleness.
Origin of vacancy
From the Medieval Latin word vacantia, dating back to 1570-80. See vacant, -ancy
Related forms
nonvacancy, noun, plural nonvacancies. Unabridged
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  • And—perhaps you'd better not say you are applying until we find out if there is a vacancy.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • We now up helm, and steered for a vacancy among the British vessels.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • It hasn't got no employment for its mind, and is always in a state of vacancy.

  • Another of the many shapes in which it started up about him, out of vacancy.

  • Then, as for knowing there was a vacancy, that also was money.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for vacancy


noun (pl) -cies
the state or condition of being vacant or unoccupied; emptiness
an unoccupied post or office: we have a vacancy in the accounts department
an unoccupied room in a boarding house, hotel, etc: put the "No Vacancies" sign in the window
lack of thought or intelligent awareness; inanity: an expression of vacancy on one's face
(physics) a defect in a crystalline solid caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule from its position in the crystal lattice
(obsolete) idleness or a period spent in idleness
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Word Origin and History for vacancy

c.1600, "state of being vacant," from Late Latin vacantia, from vacans (see vacant). Meaning "available room at a hotel" is recorded from 1953. Related: Vacancies.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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