from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A regular occupation, especially one for which a person is particularly suited or qualified.
- n. An inclination, as if in response to a summons, to undertake a certain kind of work, especially a religious career; a calling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inclination to undertake a certain kind of work, especially a religious career; often in response to a perceived summons; a calling.
- n. An occupation for which a person is suited, trained or qualified.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation or appointment to a particular state, business, or profession.
- n. Destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation; trade; business; profession.
- n. A calling by the will of God.
- n. The bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation.
- n. A call to special religious work, as to the ministry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A calling or designation to a particular activity, office, or duty; a summons; a call; in theology, a call, under God's guidance, to the Christian life or some special state, service, or ministry.
- n. Employment; occupation; avocation; calling; business; trade: including professions as well as mechanical occupations. See avocation, 5.
- n. Synonyms Calling, Business, etc. See occupation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the particular occupation for which you are trained
- n. a body of people doing the same kind of work
Middle English vocacioun, divine call to a religious life, from Old French vocation, from Latin vocātiō, vocātiōn-, a calling, from vocātus, past participle of vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French vocation < Latin vocātiō. (Wiktionary)