What does vocation mean?

Definitions for vocationvoʊˈkeɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vocation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. career, calling, vocation(noun)

    the particular occupation for which you are trained

  2. occupational group, vocation(noun)

    a body of people doing the same kind of work


  1. vocation(Noun)

    an inclination to undertake a certain kind of work, especially a religious career; often in response to a perceived summons; a calling

  2. vocation(Noun)

    an occupation for which a person is suited, trained or qualified

  3. Origin: From Latin vocatio via Old French.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vocation(noun)

    a call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation or appointment to a particular state, business, or profession

  2. Vocation(noun)

    destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation; trade; business; profession

  3. Vocation(noun)

    a calling by the will of God

  4. Vocation(noun)

    the bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation; as, the vocation of the Jews under the old dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel

  5. Vocation(noun)

    a call to special religious work, as to the ministry

  6. Origin: [L. vocatio a bidding, invitation, fr. vocare to call, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocation. See Vocal.]


  1. Vocation

    A vocation is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified. Though now often used in non-religious contexts, the meanings of the term originated in Christianity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vocation

    vō-kā′shun, n. call or act of calling: calling: occupation.—adj. Vocā′tional.—adv. Vocā′tionally. [L. vocatiovocāre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vocation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vocation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Link Starbureiy:

    Treat mathematics as a language, not as a vocation.

  2. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.

  3. Jean Rostand:

    The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Each man has his own vocation his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.

  5. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

    If each one does their duty as an individual and if each one works in their own proper vocation, it will be right with the whole.

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