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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [suh-bat-i-kuh l]
    • /səˈbæt ɪ kəl/
    • /səˈbæt.ɪ.kəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [suh-bat-i-kuh l]
    • /səˈbæt ɪ kəl/

Definitions of sabbatical word

  • adjective sabbatical of or pertaining or appropriate to the Sabbath. 1
  • adjective sabbatical (lowercase) of or relating to a sabbatical year. 1
  • adjective sabbatical (lowercase) bringing a period of rest. 1
  • noun sabbatical (lowercase) sabbatical year. 1
  • noun sabbatical (lowercase) any extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc. 1
  • noun sabbatical authorized leave 1

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Origin of sabbatical

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
1605-15; < Greek sabbatikós (sábbat(on) Sabbath + -ikos -ic) + -al1

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Parts of speech for Sabbatical


sabbatical popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

sabbatical usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sabbatical

noun sabbatical

  • busman's holiday — If you have a holiday, but spend it doing something similar to your usual work, you can refer to it as a busman's holiday.
  • day off — A day off is a day when you do not go to work, even though it is usually a working day.
  • leave of absence — permission to be absent from duty, employment, service, etc.; leave.
  • leave-taking — a saying farewell; a parting or goodbye; departure: His leave-taking was brief.
  • leaf — one of the expanded, usually green organs borne by the stem of a plant.

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