Definition of furlough in English:


Line breaks: fur|lough
Pronunciation: /ˈfəːləʊ


[mass noun]
  • Leave of absence, especially that granted to a member of the services or a missionary: a civil servant home on furlough [count noun]: a six-week furlough in Australia
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    • 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.


[with object] (usually as adjective furloughed) US Back to top  
  • Grant leave of absence to: furloughed workers


early 17th century: from Dutch verlof, modelled on German Verlaub, of West Germanic origin and related to leave2.

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