[ vey-kuhn-see ]
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noun,plural va·can·cies.
  1. the state of being vacant; emptiness.

  2. a vacant, empty, or unoccupied place, as untenanted lodgings or offices: This building still has no vacancies.

  1. a gap; opening; breach.

  2. an unoccupied position or office: a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

  3. lack of thought or intelligence; vacuity: a look of utter vacancy.

  4. Crystallography. (in a crystal) an imperfection resulting from an unoccupied lattice position.: Compare interstitial (def. 3).

  5. Archaic. absence of activity; idleness.

Origin of vacancy

From the Medieval Latin word vacantia, dating back to 1570–80. See vacant, -ancy

Other words from vacancy

  • non·va·can·cy, noun, plural non·va·can·cies.

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How to use vacancy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vacancy


/ (ˈveɪkənsɪ) /

nounplural -cies
  1. the state or condition of being vacant or unoccupied; emptiness

  2. an unoccupied post or office: we have a vacancy in the accounts department

  1. an unoccupied room in a boarding house, hotel, etc: put the "No Vacancies" sign in the window

  2. lack of thought or intelligent awareness; inanity: an expression of vacancy on one's face

  3. physics a defect in a crystalline solid caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule from its position in the crystal lattice

  4. obsolete idleness or a period spent in idleness

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