What does the word furlough mean?

Usage examples for furlough

  1. It was to bid us good by; his furlough was over, he was to return to West Point on Monday. – We Girls: A Home Story by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  2. Why was he sent home on a furlough? – A Victorious Union SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  3. I called to mind his agitated manner the night of my arrival in Lisbon, his thousand questions concerning the reasons of my furlough; and then, lately, the look of unfeigned pleasure with which he heard me resolve to join my regiment the moment I was sufficiently recovered. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
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