minivacation

vacation

[vey-key-shuhn, vuh-]
noun
1.
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.
2.
a part of the year, regularly set aside, when normal activities of law courts, legislatures, etc., are suspended.
3.
freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.
4.
an act or instance of vacating.
verb (used without object)
5.
to take or have a vacation: to vacation in the Caribbean.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Latin vacātiōn- (stem of vacātiō freedom from something; see vacate, -ion); replacing Middle English vacacioun < Anglo-French

vacationer, vacationist, noun
vacationless, adjective
minivacation, noun
prevacation, noun, adjective

vacation, vocation.
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vacation (vəˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  chiefly (Brit) a period of the year when the law courts or universities are closed
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) holiday a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation
3.  the act of departing from or abandoning property, etc
 
vb
4.  (US), (Canadian) (intr) to take a vacation; holiday
 
[C14: from Latin vacātiō freedom, from vacāre to be empty]
 
va'cationless
 
adj

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vacation
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 Britain is called a "holiday," it is attested from 1878.
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