Meaning of furlough in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfəːləʊ/

Translate furlough into Spanish


mass noun
  • 1Suspension or discharge of a worker or workers on account of economic conditions or shortage of work, especially when temporary.

    ‘half of employers say they will put the majority of their staff on furlough’
    • ‘every morning we're hearing about significant furloughs among the airlines’
    1. 1.1Leave of absence from a job, position, or period of military service.
      ‘a civil servant home on furlough’
      • ‘a six-week furlough in Australia’
      • ‘The only restrictions placed on officers granting furloughs limited leaves to no more than thirty days for 5 percent of the unit at one time.’
      • ‘I had a 10-day furlough from Louisiana, and the trip home took three days each way.’
      • ‘His occasional trips to England, on furlough or for training, were when he felt most out of water.’
      • ‘When Bernard was home on furlough in 1917, they met more than once.’
      • ‘Uncle Hugh and Auntie Jan went out to Africa as missionaries and used to visit my mother and our family when they were over on furlough.’
      • ‘Honey, you have to keep in mind that his furlough will start when he leaves his ship, not when he gets to San Francisco.’
      • ‘I'm on furlough at the moment with a busted knee (an old friend which has been with me for the better part of a decade), but intend to resume fencing as soon as I stop hurting.’
      • ‘Harrison went home on furlough in 1864 to campaign against pro-Southern Democrats in Indiana.’
      • ‘We went to France for a little furlough as Marty and Grant call it.’
      • ‘In 1980, a missionary couple from the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board was declared personae non gratae by the convention, and letters were sent to Richmond requesting that they not return from their furlough.’
      • ‘Republic Pictures hoped to make a movie with Gene Autry while he was on furlough from the Army Air Corps.’
      • ‘I have just learned that Cousin George has got his furlough extended thirty days.’
      • ‘During the 1957-58 academic year, Kelley was on furlough and returned to Southern as visiting professor of Old Testament.’
      • ‘He has never once been granted a furlough - even to attend his mother's funeral.’
      • ‘Joseph was home on furlough July through mid-September.’
      • ‘In October, he was allowed home on a two-week furlough - and refused to go back.’
      • ‘It has also promised better treatment of sick soldiers, and has vowed to expand the programme of 15-day furloughs introduced last month - despite the failure of about 30 soldiers to catch their flights back to Iraq.’
      • ‘She received a handful of furloughs, but never traveled farther than back to her home in Alabama until her discharge, which took place at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.’
      • ‘Missionaries interested in furloughing at the Havner House click here to submit an application.’
      • ‘Awards for furloughing missionaries are usually full-tuition grants.’
      • ‘When the missionary is furloughing, the church assists with the spiritual nurture, care and physical needs of the missionary such as helping to locate housing while on furlough.’
      break, rest, period of leave, day off, week off, month off, recess, school holiday
    2. 1.2US The temporary release of a convict from prison.
      ‘inmates are allowed out on furlough’
      • ‘they let him out of prison on a weekend furlough’


[with object]
  • 1Suspend or discharge (a worker) from a job, especially temporarily, on account of economic conditions or shortage of work.

    ‘the company temporarily shuttered two plants and furloughed 8,100 workers’
    • ‘state workers have been furloughed because of the budget crisis’
    1. 1.1Grant (someone) leave of absence from a job, position, or period of military service.
    2. 1.2US Temporarily release (a convict) from prison.


Early 17th century from Dutch verlof, modelled on German Verlaub, of West Germanic origin and related to leave.