Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “vacation”

vacation

noun [C/U]  /veɪˈkeɪ·ʃən, və-/ us  
a period of time to relax or travel for pleasure instead of doing your usual work or school activities: [C] The family had just left for a vacation in the Bahamas. [U] We always went on vacation in August.
vacation
verb [I always + adv/prep]  /veɪˈkeɪ·ʃən, və-/ us  
He was vacationing in San Francisco.
vacationer
noun [C]  /veɪˈkeɪ·ʃə·nər, və-/ us  
Tourists and winter vacationers are now key to the economy.
(Definition of vacation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of vacation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “vacation”

Definitions of “vacation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More