va·​can·​cy | \ ˈvā-kən(t)-sē How to pronounce vacancy (audio) \
plural vacancies

Definition of vacancy

1 : a vacant office, post, or tenancy
2a : a vacating of an office, post, or piece of property
b : the time such office or property is vacant
3 : physical or mental inactivity or relaxation : idleness
4 : empty space : void specifically : an unoccupied site for an atom or ion in a crystal
5 : the state of being vacant : vacuity
6 archaic : an interval of leisure

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Examples of vacancy in a Sentence

School administrators are trying to fill vacancies before the beginning of the school year. There were no vacancies at the hotel.
Recent Examples on the Web Scottsdale Bella Vista Prep has filled its girls hoops national team head coach vacancy. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale Bella Vista Prep hires new girls basketball national team head coach Meisha Fox," 11 Sep. 2020 Chin, the court’s longest-serving justice and generally one of its most conservative members, retired Aug. 31, a vacancy to be filled by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first appointee. Bob Egelko,, "California Supreme Court consistently unanimous, even in contentious cases," 7 Sep. 2020 Larry Hermo was just out of the army when he was hired to fill a sudden vacancy at Yamhill-Carlton High School as a teacher and varsity baseball coach. oregonlive, "Tom Jernstedt had a brilliant career with the NCAA, but Oregon remained in his heart: Issues & Answers," 7 Sep. 2020 New Orleans and Indiana have yet to replace Gentry and McMillan; Philadelphia and Chicago are the N.B.A.’s two other teams with a coaching vacancy. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Steve Nash, a Coaching Newcomer, Will Take Charge of the Nets," 3 Sep. 2020 Under state law, when a legislative vacancy occurs, the governor is to fill it within 30 days. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "With voters deciding Knopp’s successor this fall, Gov. Dunleavy not planning to fill vacant Alaska House seat now," 3 Sep. 2020 Park City Lodging implemented a minimum-24-hour vacancy between guests; other companies even allow 48 hours to pass. National Geographic, "A guide to renting a house during a pandemic," 3 Sep. 2020 Miami Heat assistant coach Dan Craig has been granted permission to talk to the Chicago Bulls about their coaching vacancy, an NBA source confirmed Wednesday to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Ira Winderman,, "Miami Heat grant permission for assistant Dan Craig to interview for Chicago Bulls coaching vacancy," 2 Sep. 2020 The incident illustrated why Filler-Corn pushed for the change in the much larger House — which has 100 seats, with one vacancy after a delegate resigned to become a judge. Washington Post, "Live from someone’s kitchen: Virginia’s virtual House of Delegates," 30 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of vacancy

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for vacancy

vac(ant) + -ancy, in part after Medieval Latin vacantia

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The first known use of vacancy was in 1598

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15 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vacancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce vacancy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vacancy

formal : a job or position that is available to be taken
: a room in a hotel, motel, etc., that is available for use


va·​can·​cy | \ ˈvā-kən-sē How to pronounce vacancy (audio) \
plural vacancies

Kids Definition of vacancy

1 : something (as an office or hotel room) that is vacant
2 : empty space
3 : the state of being vacant

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