[ suh-bat-i-kuhl ]
/ 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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