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



BrE BrE//səˈbætɪkl//
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbætɪkl//
[countable, uncountable] Pay and conditions at work, Office life
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a period of time when somebody, especially a teacher at a university, is allowed to stop their normal work in order to study or travel to take a year’s sabbatical a sabbatical term/year He's on sabbatical. See related entries: Pay and conditions at work, Office life Word Originlate 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek sabbatikos ‘of the sabbath’ + -al.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sabbatical