sabbatical, adj. & n.
1 of or appropriate to the sabbath.
2 (of leave) granted at intervals to a university teacher for study or travel, orig. every seventh year.
--n. a period of sabbatical leave.
1 Bibl. every seventh year, prescribed by the Mosaic law to be observed as a 'sabbath', during which the land was allowed to rest.
2 a year's sabbatical leave.
LL sabbaticus f. Gk sabbatikos of the sabbath
comfortable, festal, furlough, holiday, leave, leave of absence, liberty, paid holiday, paid vacation, quiet, restful, sabbatical
year, shore leave, time off, vacation, vacational, weekend