A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces. (noun)
A usually temporary layoff from work. (noun)
A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner. (noun)
The papers or documents authorizing a leave: The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets. (noun)
To grant a leave to. (verb-transitive)
To lay off (workers). (verb-transitive)
Examples of word furlough
It`s just so strange, that the government forgets to add those "without pay" words after they use the word furlough though, isn`t it?
Once, the term furlough conjured an image of a sailor on the town or a model prisoner rewarded with a visit home.
A furlough is no kind of solution to the problems that Maryland and other cash-strapped states are facing.
The "tax cut for everyone making less than 250K" doesn't amount to a hill of beans if you are un-employed and have no income and for folks like me it doesn't cover the salary lost to furloughs (though furlough is better than the alternative).
States, taking a furlough from the grim Arctic battle.