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Blend of stay +‎ vacation


staycation (plural staycations)

  1. (neologism) A vacation spent close to home.
    • 2009: Nicholas Lezard, Down and out in London, a column in the New Statesman, 31st August 2009 issue, page 54
      It’s holiday time again. Having invented the staycation – no, I don’t like the word either – four years ago when we ran out of money and out of patience with French traffic, we are sticking to principle and, as we did four months ago, hanging out at Tom Hodgkinson’s gaff in north Devon.

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  • Seen as silly or derogatory in many cases, e.g., the traditional image of a child whose friends have all gone on trips during the summer while the child is stuck at home.

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staycation (third-person singular simple present staycations, present participle staycationing, simple past and past participle staycationed)

  1. (neologism, intransitive) To spend a vacation close to home.
    • 2008, Peter D. Schiff, The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets (page 196)
      They may fill some of the airline seats and hotel rooms left vacant by staycationing locals.

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