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pawternity leave

[ paw-tur-ni-tee leev ]
/ ˌpɔˈtɜr nɪ ti ˌliv /
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noun
a brief leave of absence for employees who are adding a new pet to their household, caring for a pet when it is sick or injured, or mourning the death of a pet: A whole week of pawternity leave, with eight hours of it paid, was the deciding factor in her taking the job.
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Also called fur·ter·ni·ty leave [fur-tur-ni-tee leev] /ˌfɜrˈtɜr nɪ ti ˌliv/ .

Origin of pawternity leave

First recorded in 2015–20; jocular formation after paternity leave

Words nearby pawternity leave

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