What does the word sabbatical mean?

Usage examples for sabbatical

  1. " It would be our Silver Wedding Journey just as it would be my Sabbatical year- a good deal after date. – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells
  2. The young Bruces, for their parts, would gladly have gone to sleep, which would perhaps have been the most profitable use to which they could put the time; but they were kept upright and in a measure awake, by the constant application, " spikewise," of the paternal elbow, and the judicious administration, on the part of the mother, of the unfailing peppermint lozenges, to which in the process of ages a certain sabbatical character has attached itself. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  3. Sabbatical year: Every seventh year among the Jews, which was a year of rest for the land, when it was to be left without culture. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe