[ kaw-ling ]
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  1. the act of a person or thing that calls.

  2. vocation, profession, or trade: What is your calling?

  1. a call or summons: He had a calling to join the church.

  2. a strong impulse or inclination: She did it in response to an inner calling.

  3. a convocation: the calling of Congress.

Origin of calling

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at call, -ing1

Other words for calling

Words Nearby calling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use calling in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for calling


/ (ˈkɔːlɪŋ) /

  1. a strong inner urge to follow an occupation, etc; vocation

  2. an occupation, profession, or trade

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