[ rez-er-vey-shuhn ]
/ ˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən /


the act of keeping back, withholding, or setting apart.
the act of making an exception or qualification.
an exception or qualification made expressly or tacitly: to accept something, but with inner reservations.
a tract of public land set apart for a special purpose, as for the use of an Indian tribe.
an arrangement to secure accommodations at a restaurant or hotel, on a boat or plane, etc.
the record kept or assurance given of such an arrangement: Sorry, the hotel has no reservation under that name.

Origin of reservation

1350–1400; Middle English reservacioun<Middle French reservation, equivalent to reserv(er) to reserve + -ation-ation

OTHER WORDS FROM reservation

non·res·er·va·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for reservation

/ (ˌrɛzəˈveɪʃən) /


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