- 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.
Origin of Sabbatical
Examples from the Web for sabbatical
Contemporary Examples of sabbatical
I was also teaching my courses at UC-Berkeley much of that time, though I had time off in the summers and through a sabbatical.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
After a four-year sabbatical, today LeBron James decided to go back home.LeBron James: The Yoko Ono of The Heatles
July 12, 2014
Her recent medical episode underscores her need for a sabbatical.Hillary Clinton 2016? Women Look Ahead To ‘History In the Making’
January 16, 2013
Historical Examples of sabbatical
Every statesman like every professor should have his sabbatical year.A Preface to Politics
Has this principle any reference to the sabbatical ordinance?The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
The Jubilee allowed the same privileges as the sabbatical year.Synopsis of Jewish History
Henry A. Henry
He must have meant, not "years," but weeks of years—Sabbatical years.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel
F. W. Farrar
What more hardy than his dealing with the sabbatical year, with idolatry?A Defence of Virginia
Robert L. Dabney
- 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
- of, relating to, or appropriate to the Sabbath as a day of rest and religious observance
- short for sabbatical year
1640s, "of or suitable for the Sabbath," from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos "of the Sabbath" (see Sabbath). Noun meaning "a year's absence granted to researchers" (originally one year in seven, to university professors) is from 1934, short for sabbatical year, etc., first recorded 1886 (the thing itself is attested from 1880, at Harvard), related to sabbatical year (1590s) in Mosaic law, the seventh year, in which land was to remain untilled and debtors and slaves released.