Vacancy refers to something being unoccupied. If a hotel has vacancies, there are rooms available.

Have you ever noticed a store that's boarded up and empty, with signs like "For sale" or "For rent"? That's an example of vacancy: the store has no one in it. An unrented apartment is a vacancy, as is a house with no one living in it. Hotels put up a sign saying "No vacancies" when they have every room filled. It could help you remember what vacancy means if you know that a vacant lot is an empty lot.

Definitions of vacancy
  1. noun
    an empty area or space
    synonyms: emptiness, vacuum, void
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    type of:
    an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
  2. noun
    the state of being unoccupied
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    type of:
    the state of containing nothing
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