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Avocation vs. Hobby — What's the Difference?

Avocation vs. Hobby — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Avocation and Hobby

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Avocation

An avocation is an activity that someone engages in as a hobby outside their main occupation. There are many examples of people whose professions were the ways that they made their livings, but for whom their activities outside their workplaces were their true passions in life.

Hobby

A hobby is considered to be a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during one's leisure time. Hobbies include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements.

Avocation

A hobby or minor occupation
They are basically doctors, and negotiators by avocation

Hobby

An activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure
Her hobbies are reading and gardening

Avocation

An activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment; a hobby.
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Hobby

A small horse or pony.

Avocation

(obsolete) A calling away; a diversion.

Hobby

A migratory Old World falcon with long, narrow wings, catching dragonflies and birds on the wing.

Avocation

A hobby or recreational or leisure pursuit.

Hobby

An activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.

Avocation

That which calls one away from one's regular employment or vocation.

Hobby

Any of several small falcons of the genus Falco, formerly used for catching small birds or game.

Avocation

Pursuits; duties; affairs which occupy one's time; usual employment; vocation.

Hobby

An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby.
Take up a hobby
Give up your hobby

Avocation

The calling of a case from an inferior to a superior court.

Hobby

(horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the Irish Hobby

Avocation

A calling away; a diversion.
Impulses to duty, and powerful avocations from sin.

Hobby

Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco, especially Falco subbuteo.

Avocation

That which calls one away from one's regular employment or vocation.
Heaven is his vocation, and therefore he counts earthly employments avocations.
By the secular cares and avocations which accompany marriage the clergy have been furnished with skill in common life.

Hobby

A small, strong-winged European falcon (Falco subbuteo), formerly trained for hawking.

Avocation

Pursuits; duties; affairs which occupy one's time; usual employment; vocation.
There are professions, among the men, no more favorable to these studies than the common avocations of women.
In a few hours, above thirty thousand men left his standard, and returned to their ordinary avocations.
An irregularity and instability of purpose, which makes them choose the wandering avocations of a shepherd, rather than the more fixed pursuits of agriculture.

Hobby

A strong, active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; an ambling nag.

Avocation

An auxiliary activity

Hobby

A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on which boys make believe to ride.

Hobby

A subject or plan upon which one is constantly setting off; a favorite and ever-recurring theme of discourse, thought, or effort; that which occupies one's attention unduly, or to the weariness of others; a ruling passion.
Not one of them has any hobbyhorse, to use the phrase of Sterne.

Hobby

An auxiliary activity

Hobby

A child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride

Hobby

Small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds

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