- a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday: Schoolchildren are on vacation now.
- a part of the year, regularly set aside, when normal activities of law courts, legislatures, etc., are suspended.
- freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.
- an act or instance of vacating.
- to take or have a vacation: to vacation in the Caribbean.
Origin of vacation
Examples from the Web for vacation
The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?
Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman
December 30, 2014
But Sanders, a representative of the Northeastern vacation state of Vermont, also opposes fossil fuel development.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Her father split by the time she was 11—he moved out while the rest of the family was on vacation.A First Lady of Punk Rock Talks
December 9, 2014
“Across the board, SAD patients will tell you they feel better [after vacation],” says Dr. Rohan.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
December 5, 2014
On vacation in Crete, Michlin and his wife were looking for a good, hearty meal.The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals
November 3, 2014
Young women on the eve of a vacation were not usually so reasonable.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
When Karl comes from the university in his vacation, his first question is, "Where is Sami?"What Sami Sings with the Birds
"The spring vacation will be over soon now, Ruth," said Sister Mary.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
The vacation was only half through, and there was yet time to do much in this direction.
Invention has no vacation so far as ladies' apparel is concerned.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
- mainly British a period of the year when the law courts or universities are closed
- mainly US and Canadian a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreationAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries) holiday
- the act of departing from or abandoning property, etc
- (intr) US and Canadian to take a vacation; holiday
Word Origin and History for vacation
late 14c., "freedom from obligations, leisure, release" (from some activity or occupation), from Old French vacation, from Latin vacationem (nominative vacatio) "leisure, a being free from duty," noun of state from past participle stem of vacare "be empty, free, or at leisure" (see vain).
Meanings "state of being unoccupied; process of vacating" are early 15c. Meaning "formal suspension of activity" (in reference to schools, courts, etc.) is recorded from mid-15c. As the U.S. equivalent of what in Britain is called a holiday, it is attested from 1878.
1876, from vacation (n.). Related: Vacationed; vacationing.