- The definition of a furlough is a period of time off.
An example of a furlough is an absence from work to tend to personal matters.
- Furlough is defined as to give someone time off, or to lay someone off temporarily.
An example of furlough is for an employer to lay off a worker for a few months.
- a leave of absence; esp., a leave granted to military enlisted personnel for a specified period
- a period of time, specif. a day (furlough day), in which business is suspended and employees are not paid, as a means to cut labor costs
Origin of furloughearlier furloff ; from Dutch verlof, modeled on German verlaub ; from Middle High German verlouben, to permit ; from ver-, for- + loube, permission, akin to leave
- to grant a furlough to
- to impose a furlough on (employees); esp., to lay off temporarily
- a. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces.b. A usually temporary layoff from work.c. A temporary leave of absence granted to a prisoner under special circumstances, such as the need to attend the funeral of a family member, or for a special purpose, such as participation in a work program.
- The papers or documents authorizing a leave: The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets.
transitive verbfur·loughed, fur·lough·ing, fur·loughs
- To grant a furlough to.
- To terminate the employment of (a worker).
Origin of furloughAlteration of vorloffe, furlogh, from Dutch verlof, from Middle Dutch; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present furloughs, present participle furloughing, simple past and past participle furloughed)
- To grant a furlough to (someone).
From Dutch verlof, cognate with Danish forlov (“furlough”) (loaned from Middle Low German), German Verlaub (“permission”).