Etymology
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vocation (n.)

early 15c., "spiritual calling," from Old French vocacion "call, consecration; calling, profession" (13c.) or directly from Latin vocationem (nominative vocatio), literally "a calling, a being called" from vocatus "called," past participle of vocare "to call," which is related to vox (genitive vocis) "voice" (from PIE root *wekw- "to speak"). Sense of "one's occupation or profession" is first attested 1550s.

updated on September 03, 2020

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Definitions of vocation from WordNet

vocation (n.)
the particular occupation for which you are trained;
Synonyms: career / calling
vocation (n.)
a body of people doing the same kind of work;
Synonyms: occupational group
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