A teacher who enjoys photography in her spare time is an example of someone with an avocation.
- Obs. the fact of being called away or distracted from something
- something one does in addition to a vocation or regular work, and usually for pleasure; hobby
- Now Rare one's regular work; vocation
Origin of avocationClassical Latin avocatio, a calling away from past participle of avocare from a- (ab-), away + vocare, to call from vox, voice
Origin of avocationLatin āvocātiō āvocātiōn- diversion from āvocātus past participle of āvocāre to call away ā-, ab- away ; see ab- 1. vocāre to call ; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin āvocātiō (“a distraction”), from avocō (“I call off, distract”).