Definitions for furloughˈfɜr loʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fur•loughˈfɜr loʊ(n.)

  1. a vacation or leave of absence, as one granted to a person in military service; leave.

    Category: Military

  2. a usu. temporary layoff from work.

  3. a temporary leave of absence authorized for a prisoner from a penitentiary.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. (v.t.)to grant a furlough to.

  5. to lay (an employee or worker) off from work, usu. temporarily.

Origin of furlough:

1615–25; var. of earlier furlogh, furloff < D verlof leave, permission; see for- , leave2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. furlough(verb)

    a temporary leave of absence from military duty

  2. furlough, lay off(verb)

    dismiss, usually for economic reasons

    "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"

  3. furlough(verb)

    grant a leave to

    "The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"


  1. furlough(Noun)

    The documents authorizing such leave.

  2. furlough(Noun)

    A leave of absence or vacation.

  3. furlough(Noun)

    A period of unpaid time off, used by an employer to reduce costs.

  4. furlough(Verb)

    To grant a furlough to (someone).

  5. Origin: From verlof, cognate with Danish forlov (loaned from ), German Verlaub.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Furlough(adj)

    leave of abserice; especially, leave given to an offcer or soldier to be absent from service for a certain time; also, the document granting leave of absence

  2. Furlough(verb)

    to furnish with a furlough; to grant leave of absence to, as to an offcer or soldier


  1. Furlough

    In the United States, a furlough is a temporary unpaid leave of some employees due to special needs of a company, which may be due to economic conditions at the specific employer or in the economy as a whole. These involuntary furloughs may be short or long term, and many of those affected may seek other temporary employment during that time.


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