avocation

avocation
noun Etymology: Latin avocation-, avocatio, from avocare to call away, from ab- + vocare to call, from voc-, vox voice — more at voice Date: circa 1617 1. archaic diversion, distraction 2. customary employment ; vocation 3. a subordinate occupation pursued in addition to one's vocation especially for enjoyment ; hobby

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  • Avocation — Av o*ca tion, n. [L. avocatio.] 1. A calling away; a diversion. [Obs. or Archaic] [1913 Webster] Impulses to duty, and powerful avocations from sin. South. [1913 Webster] 2. That which calls one away from one s regular employment or vocation.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avocation — UK US /ˌævəˈkeɪʃən/ noun [C] ► work you do in addition to your main job or profession, especially for enjoyment: »She s a real estate developer who describes her consultancy business as a part time avocation …   Financial and business terms

  • Avocation — Avocation, Abberufung, Abforderung. – Avocatorium, öffentliche Bekanntmachung, durch welche ein Staat seine Angehörigen aus einem anderen Lande heimruft; sonst bei Kriegen der Fall, in neuerer Zeit öfters wegen politischer Umtriebe, denen die… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • avocation — index business (occupation), career, employment, job, occupation (vocation), position (business status) …   Law dictionary

  • avocation — (n.) 1520s, a calling away from one s occupation, from L. avocationem (nom. avocatio) a calling away, distraction, diversion, noun of action from pp. stem of avocare, from ab off, away from (see AB (Cf. ab )) + vocare to call (see VOICE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • avocation — [n] hobby amusement, diversion, kick*, occupation, pastime, recreation, schtick*, shot*, side interest, sideline, thing*; concept 364 Ant. profession, vocation, work …   New thesaurus

  • avocation — [av΄ə kā′shən] n. [L avocatio, a calling away < pp. of avocare < a (ab ), away + vocare, to call < vox, VOICE] 1. Obs. the fact of being called away or distracted from something 2. something one does in addition to a vocation or regular… …   English World dictionary

  • Avocation — [ thumb|200px|American First Lady Bess Truman with Girls Scouts and their volunteer leaders] An avocation is an activity that a person does as a hobby outside their principal occupation. There are many examples of people whose profession was the… …   Wikipedia

  • avocation — avocational, adj. avocationally, adv. /av euh kay sheuhn/, n. 1. something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, esp. for pleasure; hobby: Our doctor s avocation is painting. 2. a person s regular occupation, calling, or vocation.… …   Universalium

  • avocation — [[t]æ̱voʊke͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] avocations N VAR Your avocation is a job or activity that you do because you are interested in it, rather than to earn your living. [FORMAL] He was a printer by trade and naturalist by avocation …   English dictionary

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