[ fur-loh ]
/ ˈfɜr loʊ /


Military. a vacation or leave of absence granted to an enlisted person.
a usually temporary layoff from work: Many plant workers have been forced to go on furlough.
a temporary leave of absence authorized for a prisoner from a penitentiary.

verb (used with object)

to grant a furlough to.
to lay (an employee or worker) off from work, usually temporarily.

Words nearby furlough

Origin of furlough

1615–25; variant of earlier furlogh, furloff < Dutch verlof leave, permission; current pronunciation by association with dough, etc.


pre·fur·lough, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for furlough

/ (ˈfɜːləʊ) /


leave of absence from military duty
US a temporary laying-off of employees, usually because there is insufficient work to occupy them

verb (tr)

to grant a furlough to
US to lay off (staff) temporarily

Word Origin for furlough

C17: from Dutch verlof, from ver- for- + lof leave, permission; related to Swedish förlof
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