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 avocati&omacron;, avocati&omacron;n-, diversion, from avocatus, past participle of avocare, to call away : a-, ab-, away; see ab–1 + vocare, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin āvocātiō (“a distraction”), from avocō (“I call off, distract”).