AskDefine | Define furlough

Dictionary Definition

furlough n : a temporary leave of absence from military duty


1 dismiss, usually for economic reasons; "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized" [syn: lay off]
2 grant a leave to; "The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"

User Contributed Dictionary



From verlof



  1. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces, or to a prisoner.
  2. The documents authorizing such leave.


leave of absence
documents authorizing leave of absence


  1. To grant a furlough to (someone)

Extensive Definition

A furlough () is temporary leave of absence, especially from duty in the armed services or from a prison term. In these cases, a furlough is a vacation. In some Commonwealth countries (such as Australia and New Zealand), furlough is an employee benefit known as Long service leave.
A furlough may also be part of a work release program.
A furlough may be a long term lay-off from a railroad.
A furlough is sometimes involuntary because of work conditions. In this case, the furlough is more like a temporary layoff.
Furlough has long referred to the period of time that missionaries spend in their home country after they have been on the field. For example, they live in an African country for four years as a missionary, and then they go back to their home country to rest, raise support, and tell people who have supported them what they have been doing. In recent years, some missions agencies have instead started using new terms such as home ministry assignment .
furlough in Swedish: Permission

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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