Meaning of CALLING in English


ˈkȯliŋ, -ēŋ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from gerund of callen to call

1. obsolete : name , appellation

2. : a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action or duty

a conflict between outer pressure and inner calling — Siegfried Kracauer

specifically : such an impulse accompanied by conviction of divine influence

3. obsolete : station or position in life : rank

let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called — 1 Cor 7:20 (Authorized Version)

4. : the activity in which one customarily engages as a vocation or profession

when literature and journalism were not yet distinct callings — A.B.Faust

5. : the characteristic cry of the female cat during heat ; also : the period of heat

Synonyms: see work

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