Definition of sabbatical in English:


Pronunciation /səˈbadək(ə)l/ /səˈbædək(ə)l/

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  • A period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked.

    ‘she's away on sabbatical’
    • ‘he requested permission to take a sabbatical in Istanbul’
    • ‘he took a three-month sabbatical from his job as CEO of a family business’
    • ‘The paper was written whilst on sabbatical at Pennsylvania State University, where much logistical support and scientific stimulus was given by D. W. Burbank and colleagues.’
    • ‘I spent 2 years as a professor at Acadia University replacing those on sabbatical.’
    • ‘He thanks P. Hoffman for inviting him to spend his sabbatical at Harvard University, where this paper was completed.’
    • ‘And Robredo chose to take a two-year sabbatical to study at Harvard University.’
    • ‘Metcalf, 47, is on sabbatical from Lawrence University, in Wisconsin.’
    • ‘The project started because I was on sabbatical from the University of California at Davis.’
    • ‘This includes scientists and researchers working on government grants or on sabbatical.’
    • ‘Early in 1984, David took a short sabbatical to the University of Siena where he worked with other scientists interested in the application of biomarkers to wildlife toxicology.’
    • ‘She has been recalled from her sabbatical at the University of California to serve as the senior civilian on a Pentagon taskforce.’
    • ‘C. W. Woodworth spent his sabbatical from the University of California, Berkeley, at the University of Nanking in 1918.’
    • ‘Many of the most resource-intensive types of activities, such as conference travel and sabbaticals, were available only to full-time instructors.’
    • ‘Hearing visiting scholars lecture on general relativity at the university, Weber decided to use his 1955 sabbatical to study the subject in more depth.’
    • ‘Prof Malcolm Ludvigsen, a visiting lecturer at York University, took a sabbatical from Linkoping University in Sweden with the intention of finishing his second book.’
    • ‘Larrinaga plans to take a year's sabbatical to travel and study.’
    • ‘If they choose to go on sabbatical for a full semester, they will receive full pay.’
    • ‘In 1990 Bellcore created the idea of a Fellow who would spend a sabbatical at a university.’
    • ‘While on sabbatical in 1997, the scientist collected preserved leaves from university and museum collections in Europe and the Americas.’
    • ‘I know the only person in my department I have any interest in working with; she will be on sabbatical for the fall semester.’
    • ‘A stint as a teaching assistant for an accounting class led him to substitute for the same professor the next year when that professor went on sabbatical.’
    • ‘For starters, he not only negotiated full professorship and the Jackman Chair in Philosophy, plus a paid sabbatical.’
    break, rest, period of leave, day off, week off, month off, recess, school holiday


  • 1Relating to a sabbatical.

    ‘sabbatical leave’
    • ‘a number of sabbatical positions are available’
    • ‘Only two of the paid sabbatical positions were contested, adding to concerns raised during the hustings that OUSU was failing to display its relevancy to the student body.’
    • ‘For the next academic year, the author was on sabbatical leave and hence no data are available for the 1994-1995 year.’
    • ‘He added: ‘We can run more sabbatical courses for priests and that would allow us to maintain the facility.’’
    • ‘Dean Methuen, 57, who was appointed to Ripon in October 1995, will go on sabbatical leave until he officially leaves Ripon Cathedral at the end of the year.’
    • ‘Stephen Stokes is currently on sabbatical leave.’
    • ‘However, the dean has been on sabbatical leave since resigning and will officially depart at the end of the year.’
    • ‘She was studying in an English school where all the teachers are Americans who are on a sabbatical leave from a different elementary school.’
    • ‘Julie Jones, a 26-year-old consultant at Accenture's Chicago office, was among one of the first to sign up for the company's sabbatical program.’
    • ‘Many pastors find a new creative outlet during their sabbatical time through painting, pottery, music, or some other previously undiscovered or underdeveloped talent.’
    • ‘Anbar decided to take some R&R through his company's sabbatical program, which allows consultants to take one or two months off per year - in addition to vacation time.’
    • ‘During a sabbatical term at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifique in Paris in 1985 she studied Gromov's work on elliptic methods which became the basis for much of her later work.’
    • ‘Continuing research initiated during the sabbatical leave of Professor Hildebrand, a series of research projects are exploring the issue of bus safety in Australia.’
    • ‘Most of this book was written in a sabbatical semester in the autumn of 2001, and I would like to thank my Head of Department, Professor Noel Thompson, for granting me this leave.’
    • ‘I have a male friend who spent a post-tenure sabbatical leave writing his second book as well as caring for his newborn, while his wife returned to her law practice.’
    • ‘For instance, during a sabbatical stay in Scotland, a Scotsman kidded me good-naturedly about Americans worshiping cars.’
    • ‘Faculty often bounce ideas off each other about potential sabbatical plans, and I certainly was no different in planning mine.’
    • ‘But, I also needed a sabbatical experience that would be beneficial for both SFU and myself.’
    • ‘As scholar in residence, he will implement the sabbatical program.’
    • ‘A Mellon sabbatical grant allowed me to develop and add to the course a laboratory section focused on survey research and participant observation.’
    • ‘His studies in a small town in Kansas during two sabbatical leaves at Wichita State University confirmed the structural differences he expected from the literature.’
  • 2archaic Of or appropriate to the sabbath.

    ‘What makes the eschatological future available is God's sabbatical celebration, which has been taking place since the foundation of the world.’
    • ‘But I have noticed what at least appears to be a disconnect in dietary and Sabbatical laws from the past til now.’


Late 16th century via late Latin from Greek sabbatikos ‘of the sabbath’+ -al.