Avocation meaning

ăvō-kāshən
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The definition of an avocation is something a person does in addition to his main job, particularly for pleasure or interest.

A teacher who enjoys photography in her spare time is an example of someone with an avocation.

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An activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment; a hobby.
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(obs.) The fact of being called away or distracted from something.
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Something one does in addition to a vocation or regular work, and usually for pleasure; hobby.
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A hobby or recreational or leisure pursuit.
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That which calls one away from one's regular employment or vocation.
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Pursuits; duties; affairs which occupy one's time; usual employment; vocation.
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(now rare) One's regular work; vocation.
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Origin of avocation

  • Latin āvocātiō āvocātiōn- diversion from āvocātus past participle of āvocāre to call away ā-, ab- away ab–1 vocāre to call wekw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin āvocātiō (“a distraction”), from avocō (“I call off, distract”).

    From Wiktionary