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Definition of "furlough" []

  • A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces. (noun)
  • A usually temporary layoff from work. (noun)
  • A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner. (noun)
  • The papers or documents authorizing a leave: The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets. (noun)
  • To grant a leave to. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "furlough" in a sentence
  • "It`s just so strange, that the government forgets to add those "without pay" words after they use the word furlough though, isn`t it?"
  • "Once, the term furlough conjured an image of a sailor on the town or a model prisoner rewarded with a visit home."
  • "A furlough is no kind of solution to the problems that Maryland and other cash-strapped states are facing."