American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To grant a leave to.
- v. To lay off (workers).
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. In the United States army the term is used officially only for such leave given to an enlisted man, the same permission granted to a commissioned officer being designated a leave of absence. A soldier availing himself of the permission is said to be furloughed, or on furlough; an officer, on leave. The word is also used to designate the temporary discharge from service of a civilian in the employ of the government. In the United States navy it has a special signification, indicating the condition of an officer off duty either for fault or at his own request and only receiving one half of “waiting-orders pay.”
- To furnish with a furlough; grant leave of absence to, as a soldier.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) 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.
- v. (Mil.) To furnish with a furlough; to grant leave of absence to, as to an officer or soldier.
- v. grant a leave to
- n. a temporary leave of absence from military duty
- v. dismiss, usually for economic reasons
- From Dutch verlof, cognate with Danish forlov ("furlough") (loaned from Middle Low German), German Verlaub ("permission"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“It`s just so strange, that the government forgets to add those "without pay" words after they use the word furlough though, isn`t it?”
“Once, the term furlough conjured an image of a sailor on the town or a model prisoner rewarded with a visit home.”
“A furlough is no kind of solution to the problems that Maryland and other cash-strapped states are facing.”
“The "tax cut for everyone making less than 250K" doesn't amount to a hill of beans if you are un-employed and have no income and for folks like me it doesn't cover the salary lost to furloughs (though furlough is better than the alternative).”
“States, taking a furlough from the grim Arctic battle.”
“When the First World War began, Sautter requested a furlough from the World's Committee to work with French soldiers (he maintained close contact with the World's Committee during his absence).”
“What about a furlough from the slammer on work release?”
“The youngest of four children born to a Jewish pawnbroker and his wife, Maxine Kumin studied history and literature at Radcliffe, where, in 1945, she met Victor Kumin, a Harvard graduate on furlough from the Army.”
“Lukyanchenko doesn't use the word furlough, instead noting that the workers will be doing "other, similar work.”
“It's not quite a true "furlough" - reported throughout the media Tuesday - that usually means a temporary layoff until the work comes back.”
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