• (British) IPA: /ˈfɜː(ɹ).ləʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈfɝ.loʊ/


  1. A leave of absence or vacation.
    1. (US) especially one granted to a member of the armed forces, or to a prisoner.
      • 1957, James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues,” in Going to Meet the Man, Dial, 1965,
        And I had a lot of things on my mind and I pretty well forgot my promise to Mama until I got shipped home on a special furlough for her funeral.
    2. (British) especially one granted to a missionary.
  2. The documents authorizing such leave.
  3. A period of unpaid time off, used by an employer to reduce costs.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: увольни́тельная
  • French: chômage technique
  • German: unbezahlt, Zwangsurlaub, Kurzarbeit
  • Italian: permesso non retribuito
  • Russian: неоплачиваемый отпуск
  • Spanish: ausencia no pagada, sabático obligatorio no pagado

furlough (furloughs, present participle furloughing; past and past participle furloughed)

  1. (transitive) To grant a furlough to (someone).
  2. (transitive) To have (an employee) not work in order to reduce costs; to send (someone) on furlough.
Translations Translations
  • German: zwangsbeurlauben

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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