2. Intermission of a stated employment, procedure, or office; a period of intermission; rest; leisure. It was not in his nature, however, at least till years had chastened it, to take any vacation from controversy. (Palfrey) Hence, specifically: - Intermission of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next; nonterm; recess. With lawyers in the vacation.
The time when a see, or other spiritual dignity, is vacant.
Origin: F, fr. L. Vacatio a being free from a duty, service, etc, fr. Vacare. See Vacate.