Definition of vacay in US English:


(also vaca)


North American
  • A vacation.

    ‘I'm in France right now, on vacay’
    ‘the couple jetted off to an undisclosed location for a romantic vacay’
    • ‘And they seem to be extra close - traveling on vacays together and spending weekends with his fam.’
    • ‘Author's Note: I leave for vacay tomorrow.’
    • ‘I'll catch you up later in terms of what I did on my spring vacay, so to speak.’
    • ‘He has people for the mundane things, so he can keep his focus on campaigning, golf, basketball and vacays.’
    • ‘The wife and I want to get away for a short vaca.’
    • ‘Put the souvenirs in a scrapbook to piece together the story of your vacay.’
    • ‘Make the most of a vacay by doing the group thing full-on.’
    • ‘I went there when I went on vaca a couple of years back.’
    • ‘We are getting ready to leave on vacay to go visit my family in Arizona for a couple of weeks.’
    • ‘The new ST retains its predecessor's ability to traverse through ridges and uneven terrain with buttery smooth ease and is just as well suited to family vacays and road trips as the previous model.’
    • ‘Sadly I always yearn for vacays but when on them, I long to be on another, different vacay, a vacay of the future in which I am already planning an amended, better, more relaxing itinerary than the present one.’
    • ‘Where'd ya go on vacay?’
    holiday, holidays, trip, tour, break, mini-break, stopover
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1990s: informal abbreviation of vacation.