something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, especially for pleasure; hobby: Our doctor's avocation is painting.
a person's regular occupation, calling, or vocation.
Archaic. diversion or distraction.

1520–30; < Latin āvocātiōn- (stem of āvocātiō) a calling away. See a-4, vocation

avocational, adjective
avocationally, adverb

1. avocation, vocation ; 2. avocation, evocation.
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avocation (ˌævəˈkeɪʃən)
1.  formal a minor occupation undertaken as a diversion
2.  not standard a person's regular job or vocation
[C17: from Latin āvocātiō a calling away, diversion from, from āvocāre to distract, from vocāre to call]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, "a calling away from one's occupation," from L. avocationem (nom. avocatio) "a calling away," pp. of avocare, from ab- "off, away from" + vocare "to call" (see voice).
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At the time, basketball was an avocation, not a vocation.
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Energy conservation isn't just a project, but a lifelong avocation.
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