from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces.
- n. A usually temporary layoff from work.
- n. A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner.
- n. The papers or documents authorizing a leave: The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets.
- transitive v. To grant a leave to.
- transitive v. To lay off (workers).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A leave of absence or vacation.
- v. To grant a furlough to (someone).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Leave of absence; especially, leave given to an officer or soldier to be absent from service for a certain time; also, the document granting leave of absence.
- transitive v. To furnish with a furlough; to grant leave of absence to, as to an officer or soldier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Leave of absence; especially, in military use, leave or license given by a commanding officer to an officer or a soldier to be absent from service for a certain time.
- To furnish with a furlough; grant leave of absence to, as a soldier.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grant a leave to
- n. a temporary leave of absence from military duty
- v. dismiss, usually for economic reasons
Alteration of vorloffe, furlogh, from Dutch verlof, from Middle Dutch; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch verlof, cognate with Danish forlov ("furlough") (loaned from Middle Low German), German Verlaub ("permission"). (Wiktionary)