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gap year

[ gap-yeer ]
/ ˈgæp ˌyɪər /
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noun

a period of time, usually an academic or calendar year, in which a student takes a break from school to travel, work, or volunteer, typically after ending high school and before starting college.

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Origin of gap year

First recorded in 1975–80; gap + year
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gap year

noun

British a year's break taken by a student between leaving school and starting further education
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