Definition of calling in US English:

calling

noun

  • 1The loud cries or shouts of an animal or person.

    ‘the calling of a cuckoo’
    • ‘The whooping and calling from an enthusiastic audience was reminiscent of a Chippendales' performance on a good night.’
    • ‘You could not run away from the sound of their calling even if you wanted to.’
    • ‘Like in a trance, she stepped towards it subconsciously, her ear deaf to Lianda's callings.’
    • ‘The only sounds were the crackling fire, and Cattannia's desperate calling.’
    • ‘I hurried towards her calling out every so often so that she could stop walking and we could talk.’
    • ‘It is calling me to him, every night his calling grows stronger.’
  • 2in singular A strong urge toward a particular way of life or career; a vocation.

    ‘those who have a special calling to minister to others' needs’
    • ‘It was in every sense of the word a genuine calling, a discovery of a vocation.’
    • ‘I am by no means out of sympathy with this point of view: embalming is doubtless an honourable profession, but it is not a calling towards which I find myself strongly drawn.’
    • ‘I think in this particular community there's still a lot of work to be done and I don't feel a strong calling to be other than here at the moment.’
    • ‘He awakened to a realisation that a career in theatre and films was his calling.’
    • ‘Viewed as a calling or a vocation, scholarship has an inevitably vexed relation to institutional life.’
    • ‘True, medicine is a vocation, it's a calling, but let's be honest, it's also a day-to-day job.’
    • ‘It's an upbringing she remembers fondly, even though she can't begin to place where her calling towards music came from.’
    • ‘I wanted to be ordained because in my heart of hearts, I had always felt a strong calling.’
    • ‘I felt that from birth I had a calling, a purpose to live and die for.’
    • ‘This calling or vocation is what I have tried to ground theologically.’
    • ‘The calling to a hermit's life became strong again and in 1989, Frances moved back to Whitby and set up her second hermitage.’
    • ‘Practicing law and ‘uplifting the race,’ Chambliss says, were always his childhood callings, not a career in football.’
    • ‘Now and then a man may arise among us who in any calling, whether it be in law, in physic, in religious teaching, in art, or literature, may in his professional enthusiasm utterly disregard money.’
    • ‘Bernal has every tick of repression down as Amaro, tortured by the conflict between his calling and his own desire.’
    • ‘A lot of FBI agents like to say that the Bureau is a calling, not a career.’
    • ‘Your vocation or calling is your purpose in life - your gift to the world.’
    • ‘On the contrary, these things took on their nobility and their splendor by virtue of their character as our attempts to respond faithfully to our callings or vocations.’
    • ‘We are to walk worthy of the calling, but we first must know what that calling is.’
    • ‘Because a vocation is a calling to serve others, caring is necessary.’
    • ‘But in general, men historically seem to have a calling towards protector roles and I honor them for that.’
    vocation, mission
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    1. 2.1 A profession or occupation.
      ‘he considered engineering one of the highest possible callings’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘One need but peruse George's discussion of the differences between wages in different occupations to understand why those who engage in certain callings are protected from the full impact of this tendency.’
      • ‘To be professionally involved in music is one of life's noble callings.’
      • ‘Some were simple employees who worked for the excellent wages the calling offered.’
      • ‘A plumber by profession, Tom was exceptionally gifted at his calling and his expertise was widely sought.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some people call themselves a priest or priestess because they want a title expressing their spiritual calling.’
      • ‘At one time quite a lot of country folk were better known by nickname for the jobs they did or callings they followed rather than their proper or full names.’
      • ‘Ruling was in a sense a job, a calling, the only thing he knew how to do and could conceive of doing.’
      • ‘Many of the latter rose to important positions, usually in fields other than their original calling.’
      • ‘The prestige of the professions, old and new, has rested in part upon a sense of continuity and tradition; more than most callings, professions cultivate a consciousness of their own history.’
      • ‘Believing that the artistic calling was the highest one, he despised workaday employment.’
      • ‘To be an alchemist at this time was a precarious profession, a calling that required great political skill.’
      • ‘The profession of arms is a noble calling, and there is no shame in wage labor.’
      • ‘He is well equipped to assume employment in several callings.’
      • ‘A solicitor, being one of those who profess skills in a calling, is liable for failure to exercise those skills in both tort and contract.’
      • ‘Admittedly, Paul, 53, of Niton, has followed a career path that has gradually led him to his current calling.’
      • ‘Clearly, some of the nurses are in the noble calling for the money.’
      • ‘She was taken aback that they would persist in trying to convince her that she should stay on with them, when she had so many business callings that she could never commit to one single thing.’
      • ‘Whatever the calling or the profession, the 2003 Essence Awards winners have taken language and given it shape and magic.’
      profession, occupation, career, work, employment, job, day job, business, trade, craft, line, line of work, pursuit, métier, walk of life, province, field
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Pronunciation

calling

/ˈkɔlɪŋ//ˈkôliNG/