[ rez-er-vey-shuh n ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. resend,
  2. resent,
  3. resentful,
  4. resentment,
  5. reserpine,
  6. reservationist,
  7. reserve,
  8. reserve air,
  9. reserve bank,
  10. reserve buoyancy

Origin of reservation

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

Related formsnon·res·er·va·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reservation


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Word Origin and History for reservation



late 14c., "act of reserving," from Old French reservation (14c.) and directly from Late Latin reservationem (nominative reservatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reservare (see reserve (n.)). Mental sense is from c.1600. U.S. sense "tract of public land set aside for some special use" is recorded from 1789, originally in reference to the Six Nations in New York State. Meaning "act or fact of engaging a room, a seat, etc." is from 1904, originally American English.

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