American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to a sabbatical year.
- adj. Relating or appropriate to the Sabbath as the day of rest.
- n. A sabbatical year.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sabbatic; characterized by rest or cessation from labor or tillage: as, the sabbatical years (see below).
- Recurring in sevens, or on every seventh (day, month, year, etc.).
- n. A contraction of Sabbatical year.
- adj. Relating to the Sabbath.
- adj. Relating to a sabbatical.
- n. An extended period of leave, often one year long, taken by an employee in order to carry out projects not otherwise associated with the employee's job. During the sabbatical, the employer may pay some or all of the wages that would have been otherwise earned or some or all of the expenses incurred. University lecturers, for example, may be granted a one-year paid sabbatical once every seven years.
- adj. of or relating to the Sabbath
- adj. of or relating to sabbatical leave
- n. a leave usually taken every seventh year
- From Ancient Greek σαββατικός (sabbatikos). (Wiktionary)
- From Late Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from sabbaton, Sabbath; see Sabbath. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“When people hear the word "sabbatical," they invariably think, "Sounds great—but there's no way I can do that.”
“The Republican announced today he will pass on a presidential campaign, because he wants to take what he calls a sabbatical from public life.”
“Still, Beyoncé doesn't expect her sabbatical from the music business to be easy, or even necessarily successful.”
“The earache and overwork made the beginning of this sabbatical from the idiot box a necessity, but now that I have no reason to avoid the output of British television I realize that there is nothing I can be bothered to watch.”
“The ensuing revelations of multiple affairs resulted in the loss of endorsements, a sabbatical from the game, poor play when he returned - and eventually, a divorce from his wife Elin.”
“Maybe “allowed” to take another sabbatical is less accurate than “encouraged”.”
“The sabbatical is an opportunity and a gift and I wish it were one that extended beyond the academic world.”
“Wael Ghonim posted a message Saturday on the social-networking site Twitter announcing he would take a "long-term sabbatical" to form "a technology-focused NGO to help fight poverty & foster education" in Egypt.”
“And Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, took a sabbatical from the company and came to Chicago to work on the campaign full-time.”
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