I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English vacacioun, from Anglo-French vacacion, from Latin vacation-, vacatio freedom, exemption, from vacare Date: 14th century 1. a respite or a time of respite from something ; intermission 2. a. a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended b. a period of exemption from work granted to an employee 3. a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation <
had a restful vacation at the beach
4. an act or an instance of vacating II. intransitive verb (-tioned; vacationing) Date: 1883 to take or spend a vacation <
vacationed at the shore
vacationer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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