Definition of furlough noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrloʊ//
    [uncountable, countable] Prison
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  1. 1permission to leave your duties for a period of time, especially for soldiers working in a foreign country to go home on furlough a six-week furlough
  2. 2(North American English) permission for a prisoner to leave prison for a period of time See related entries: Prison
  3. 3(North American English) a period of time during which workers are told not to come to work, usually because there is not enough money to pay them
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Dutch verlof, modelled on German Verlaub, of West Germanic origin and related to leave (noun).Extra examples He was released on a weekend furlough. The plane was full of soldiers going home on furlough. The prisoner failed to return from a furlough.

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