Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of making something legally void
  2. (noun, time) leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure
    we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico
  3. (verb, stative) spend or take a vacation

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Synonyms of Vacation


Origin of the word Vacation

  1. late 14c., "freedom or release" (from some activity or occupation), from O.Fr. vacation, from L. vacationem (nom. vacatio) "leisure, a being free from duty," from vacare "be empty, free, or at leisure" (see vain). Meaning "formal suspension of activity" (in ref. to schools, courts, etc.) is recorded from c.1456. As the U.S. equivalent of what in Brit… more

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