Definitions for Reservationˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

res•er•va•tionˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of keeping back, withholding, or setting apart.

  2. the act of making an exception or qualification.

  3. an exception or qualification:

    to accept something with inner reservations.

  4. a tract of public land set apart for a special purpose, as for the use of an American Indian people.

  5. an arrangement to secure accommodations, as at a restaurant or on a plane.

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  6. the record kept or assurance given of such an arrangement.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of reservation:

1350–1400; ME < MF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reservation, reserve(noun)

    a district that is reserved for particular purpose

  2. reservation, qualification(noun)

    a statement that limits or restricts some claim

    "he recommended her without any reservations"

  3. mental reservation, reservation, arriere pensee(noun)

    an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly

  4. booking, reservation(noun)

    the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of (a person or group)

    "wondered who had made the booking"

  5. reservation(noun)

    the written record or promise of an arrangement by which accommodations are secured in advance

  6. reservation(noun)

    something reserved in advance (as a hotel accommodation or a seat on a plane etc.)

  7. reservation(noun)

    the act of keeping back or setting aside for some future occasion

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reservation(noun)ˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən

    a feeling of doubt

    I have some reservations about the new system.

  2. reservationˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən

    an arrangement to have a theater ticket, train ticket, hotel room, etc.

    a hotel/flight/restaurant reservation; I'll make reservations for four people at 8:00.

  3. reservationˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən

    a protected area where animals can live safely

    a nature reservation

  4. reservationˌrɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən

    in the U.S. an area of land that Native Americans own, live on, and govern

    to live on a reservation


  1. reservation(Noun)

    The act of reserving, withholding or keeping back.

  2. reservation(Noun)

    Something that is withheld or kept back.

  3. reservation(Noun)

    A limiting qualification (often used in the plural).

    I have reservations about your intentions.

  4. reservation(Noun)

    A tract of land set apart by the US government for the use of a Native American people; Indian reservation (compare Canadian reserve).

  5. reservation(Noun)

    An arrangement by which accommodation or transport arrangements are secured in advance.

  6. reservation(Noun)

    the area which separates opposing lanes of traffic on a divided motorway.

  7. Origin: From reservation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reservation(noun)

    the act of reserving, or keeping back; concealment, or withholding from disclosure; reserve

  2. Reservation(noun)

    something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or not given up or brought forward

  3. Reservation(noun)

    a tract of the public land reserved for some special use, as for schools, for the use of Indians, etc

  4. Reservation(noun)

    the state of being reserved, or kept in store

  5. Reservation(noun)

    a clause in an instrument by which some new thing is reserved out of the thing granted, and not in esse before

  6. Reservation(noun)

    a proviso

  7. Reservation(noun)

    the portion of the sacramental elements reserved for purposes of devotion and for the communion of the absent and sick

  8. Reservation(noun)

    a term of canon law, which signifies that the pope reserves to himself appointment to certain benefices


  1. Reservation

    A reservation in international law is a caveat to a state's acceptance of a treaty. A reservation is defined by the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties as: a unilateral statement, however phrased or named, made by a State, when signing, ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to a treaty, whereby it purports to exclude or to modify the legal effect of certain provisions of the treaty in their application to that State. In effect, a reservation allows the state to be a party to the treaty, while excluding the legal effect of that specific provision in the treaty to which it objects. States can not take reservations after they have accepted the treaty; a reservation must be made at the time that the treaty affects the State. The Vienna Convention did not create the concept of reservations but codified existing customary law. Thus even States that have not formally acceded to the Vienna Convention act as if they had. As reservations are defined under the Vienna Convention and interpretative declarations are not, the two are sometimes difficult to discern from each other. Unlike a reservation, a declaration is not meant to affect the State's legal obligations but is attached to State's consent to a treaty to explain or interpret what the State deems unclear.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Reservation' in Nouns Frequency: #2144

Translations for Reservation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of reserving

the reservation of a room.

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