- 1 [mass noun] The action or sound of calling: the calling of a cuckooMore example sentences
- You could not run away from the sound of their calling even if you wanted to.
- The only sounds were the crackling fire, and Cattannia's desperate calling.
- The whooping and calling from an enthusiastic audience was reminiscent of a Chippendales' performance on a good night.
- 2A strong urge towards a particular way of life or career; a vocation: those who have a special calling to minister to others' needsMore example sentences
vocation, mission; call, summons
- I wanted to be ordained because in my heart of hearts, I had always felt a strong calling.
- But in general, men historically seem to have a calling towards protector roles and I honor them for that.
- It's an upbringing she remembers fondly, even though she can't begin to place where her calling towards music came from.
- 2.1A profession or occupation: he considered engineering one of the highest possible callingsMore example sentences
- On looking through the hall of fame, he discovered he had joined a band of past pupils who covered many services and callings in their chosen professions.
- Clearly, some of the nurses are in the noble calling for the money.
- The British crown possessed an ancient right to seize for naval service ‘seamen, seafaring men and persons whose occupations or callings are to work upon vessels and boats upon rivers’.