What Does DAYCATION Mean?

DAYCATION means "One-Day Vacation."

The word DAYCATION is widely used to refer to a day free from work or other commitments, which usually involves a visit to a local attraction or participation in some other leisure activity. However, being active on a DAYCATION is not compulsory; many people use the term to refer to any unscheduled free day.

In the UK, a DAYCATION that involved a visit to a local attraction would normally be referred to as a day trip.

DAYCATIONS are shorter versions of HOLISTAYS and STAYCATIONS.


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Summary of Key Points

"One-Day Vacation" is the most common definition for DAYCATION on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here is some more information about DAYCATION:
Definition:One-Day Vacation
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Typical Users:
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Examples of DAYCATION in Sentences

Here are examples of DAYCATION being used in conversations:
  • Ian: Can I have next Monday as a holiday?
  • June: What have you got planned?
  • Ian: Lynn and I are going to take a little DAYCATION at the beach.
  • Gill: I need a break! I can't take any more of this.
  • Karl: Take a DAYCATION tomorrow. A lie-in will do you the world of good!

An Academic Look at DAYCATION

As it is formed by merging two words into one, DAYCATION is classified as a portmanteau word. It is formed by amalgamating Day and Vacation.

DAYCATION is also a neologism (i.e., a newly coined word or phrase which has emerged into everyday usage). Some neologisms are formally accepted into mainstream language (at which point, they cease to be neologisms), and some wither until they can longer be considered everyday terms. A neologism can be:
  • A completely new word (e.g., DAYCATION).
  • A new combination of existing words (e.g., digital detox).
  • A new meaning for an existing word (e.g., sick).

Example of DAYCATION Used in a Text


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