[ suh-bat-i-kuh l ]
/ səˈbæt ɪ kəl /


of or pertaining or appropriate to the Sabbath.
(lowercase) of or relating to a sabbatical year.
(lowercase) bringing a period of rest.


(lowercase) sabbatical year.
(lowercase) any extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.
Sometimes Sab·bat·ic.

Origin of Sabbatical

1605–15; < Greek sabbatikós (sábbat(on) Sabbath + -ikos -ic) + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for sabbatical (1 of 2)

/ (səˈbætɪkəl) /


denoting a period of leave granted to university staff, teachers, etc, esp approximately every seventh yeara sabbatical year; sabbatical leave
denoting a post that renders the holder eligible for such leave


any sabbatical period

Word Origin for sabbatical

C16: from Greek sabbatikos; see Sabbath

British Dictionary definitions for sabbatical (2 of 2)

/ (səˈbætɪkəl) /

adjective Also: Sabbatic

of, relating to, or appropriate to the Sabbath as a day of rest and religious observance


short for sabbatical year
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