- 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
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Examples from the Web for avocation
He stammered, and read and wrote a lot of poetry (mostly in secret), an avocation he changed to photography for the novel.Colm Toibin Describes The Creation Of His Quiet Masterpiece ‘Nora Webster’
November 3, 2014
I think it was more a matter of self-consciousness… I always saw writing about music as purely an avocation.Peter Guralnick: In Love With the Life of Music
March 29, 2014
Petrarca, in his avocation of barber, was in the greatest request.
The girl of the future will select her own avocation and take her own training for it.
He will find that in assuming our avocation he also has assumed our degradation.My Bondage and My Freedom
A woman with eyes like that would not be safe alone in any avocation where men could observe her.Man and Maid
I would not like to hurt your feelings by calling your avocation a trade!Crown and Anchor
John Conroy Hutcheson
- formal a minor occupation undertaken as a diversion
- not standard a person's regular job or vocation
C17: from Latin āvocātiō a calling away, diversion from, from āvocāre to distract, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for avocation
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