[ av-uh-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌæv əˈkeɪ ʃən /


something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, especially for pleasure; hobby: Our doctor's avocation is painting.
a person's regular occupation, calling, or vocation.
Archaic. diversion or distraction.

Origin of avocation

1520–30; < Latin āvocātiōn- (stem of āvocātiō) a calling away. See a-4, vocation

Related forms

av·o·ca·tion·al, adjectiveav·o·ca·tion·al·ly, adverb

Can be confused

avocation vocationavocation evocation
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British Dictionary definitions for avocation


/ (ˌævəˈkeɪʃən) /


formal a minor occupation undertaken as a diversion
not standard a person's regular job or vocation

Word Origin for avocation

C17: from Latin āvocātiō a calling away, diversion from, from āvocāre to distract, from vocāre to call
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