Definition of vacay in English:


(also vaca)


North American
  • A holiday.

    ‘I'm in France right now, on vacay’
    ‘the couple jetted off to an undisclosed location for a romantic vacay’
    • ‘Author's Note: I leave for vacay tomorrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Put the souvenirs in a scrapbook to piece together the story of your vacay.’
    • ‘Where'd ya go on vacay?’
    • ‘He has people for the mundane things, so he can keep his focus on campaigning, golf, basketball and vacays.’
    • ‘And they seem to be extra close - traveling on vacays together and spending weekends with his fam.’
    • ‘Make the most of a vacay by doing the group thing full-on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I went there when I went on vaca a couple of years back.’
    • ‘I'll catch you up later in terms of what I did on my spring vacay, so to speak.’
    • ‘The wife and I want to get away for a short vaca.’
    holiday, holidays, trip, tour, break, mini-break, stopover
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1990s: informal abbreviation of vacation.