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VACANCE, n. Also vacans(e), vaecans, vakens (Fif. 1897 D. Pryde Queer Folk 119), vakins (Slk. 1893 R. Hall Schools 43); vagans, vaigance, vaigands (s.Sc.). Construed as pl. in 1795 quot. [′vekəns; s.Sc. + ′vegəns]

1. A vacation, a holiday, a period of suspension of business or other function (Sc. 1752 D. Hume Polit. Discourses 56, 1825 Jam.; ‡Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also attrib. as in vacance-time. Abd. 1700  Records Burgh Abd. (B.R.S.) II. 331:
The first three lawfull dayes of Januarie be allowed to the schollars for play dayes, instead of the Yooll vaicance.
Sc. 1713  Two Students (Dickinson 1952) 35:
Alexander says he designs to read Homer this vacance.
Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 128:
Tho' their stamack's aft in tift, In vacance time.
Sc. 1795  Dunlop Papers (1953) III. 113:
George was left with Mr Allisson till the vacance which take place about the tenth of next month.
Sc. 1826  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 241:
The Edinburgh Military Academy, on the Saturday afore their vacanse.
m.Lth. 1885  J. Strathesk More Bits 58:
When ye was about Edinburgh way at the vaecans.
Lnk. 1910  C. Fraser Glengonnar 85:
He was a young Colleginer wha cam' frae the toon in the College vacans.
s.Sc. 1933  Border Mag. (Aug.) 115:
The “vagans” was on and the law courts in recess.

2. A vacancy, an unfilled post or situation (Sc. 1787 J. Beattie Scoticisms 99). Sc. 1788  J. Mill Diary (S.H.S.) 83:
The death of Dundas of Arniston, President of the Court of Session had made such a vacance that could hardly be supplied.

[O.Sc. vacance, a vacancy, 1524, an interregnum, 1533, a vacation, 1532, prob. from Fr. vacance, holiday, though this is not attested earlier than 1596, or formed independently ad. late Lat. vacantia, a vacation, Eng. vacancy.]

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