pawternity leave

[ paw-tur-ni-tee leev ]

  1. 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.

Origin of pawternity leave

First recorded in 2015–20; jocular formation after paternity leave
  • Also called fur·ter·ni·ty leave [fur-tur-ni-tee leev] /ˌfɜrˈtɜr nɪ ti ˌliv/ .

Words Nearby pawternity leave Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024