Vacay vs Vacation - What's the difference?

vacay | vacation |

As nouns the difference between vacay and vacation

is that vacay is (informal|us) vacation while vacation is freedom from some business or activity.

As a verb vacation is

to spend or take a vacation.




(en noun)
  • (informal, US) vacation
  • You're on vacay till the new boss comes in.
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    (en noun)
  • Freedom from some business or activity.
  • (obsolete) Free time given over to a specific purpose; occupation, activity.
  • *, II.28:
  • The first exploited his, sundrie waies, and excelleth in military exploits, and utilitie of his publike vacations .
  • A period during which official activity or business is formally suspended; an official holiday from university, law courts etc.
  • (North America) A holiday; a stretch of leisure time away from work or duty and devoted to rest or pleasure.
  • The act of vacating something; moving out.
  • The Conservative Party’s vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents.
  • (US, legal) The act of making legally void.
  • Synonyms

    * (UK) holiday (1,4), annulment (2), revocation (2)


    (en verb)
  • To spend or take a vacation.
  • This year, we’re vacationing in Mexico.


    * (UK) go on holiday * *


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