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)



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