noun, plural va·can·cies.
- the state of being vacant; emptiness.
- a vacant, empty, or unoccupied place, as untenanted lodgings or offices: This building still has no vacancies.
- a gap; opening; breach.
- an unoccupied position or office: a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
- lack of thought or intelligence; vacuity: a look of utter vacancy.
- Crystallography. (in a crystal) an imperfection resulting from an unoccupied lattice position.Compare interstitial(def 3).
- Archaic. absence of activity; idleness.
noun plural -cies
- the state or condition of being vacant or unoccupied; emptiness
- an unoccupied post or officewe have a vacancy in the accounts department
- an unoccupied room in a boarding house, hotel, etcput the “No Vacancies” sign in the window
- lack of thought or intelligent awareness; inanityan expression of vacancy on one’s face
- physics a defect in a crystalline solid caused by the absence of an atom, ion, or molecule from its position in the crystal lattice
- obsolete idleness or a period spent in idleness
c.1600, “state of being vacant,” from Late Latin vacantia, from vacans (see vacant). Meaning “available room at a hotel” is recorded from 1953. Related: Vacancies.