Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sick leave”

sick leave

noun [U]     HR, WORKPLACE
a period of time that a worker is allowed to be away from work because they are ill: on sick leave Emmens has been out on sick leave for the past three weeks. Do employees receive paid sick leave? Mrs Lawrence resigned after taking sick leave for depression and stress.
(Definition of sick leave noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of sick leave

Definitions of “sick leave” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

handout

a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More