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1sojourn

noun so·journ \ˈsō-ˌjərn, sō-ˈ\

: a period of time when you stay in a place as a traveler or guest

Full Definition of SOJOURN

:  a temporary stay <a sojourn in the country>

Examples of SOJOURN

  1. Our family enjoyed a two-week sojourn in the mountains.
  2. <spent a relaxing sojourn in her friend's summer home>
  3. The visit with my father was preceded by a sojourn with my sister, Joy—an artistic type and sometime vegan who plays the part of patient vegetarian whenever her unrepentantly carnivorous brother drops in—and her husband, who were kind enough to pick me up at Heathrow. —John Haney, Gourmet, January 2003

Origin of SOJOURN

Middle English sojorn, from Anglo-French sujur, sujurn, from sujurner (see 2sojourn)
First Known Use: 13th century

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2sojourn

intransitive verb so·journ \ˈsō-ˌjərn, sō-ˈ\

Definition of SOJOURN

:  to stay as a temporary resident :  stop <sojourned for a month at a resort>
so·journ·er noun

Examples of SOJOURN

  1. <began their retirement by leisurely sojourning with friends and relatives scattered across the country>
  2. Am I hideous, Jane? Very, sir: you always were, you know. Humph! The wickedness has not been taken out of you, wherever you have sojourned. —Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847

Origin of SOJOURN

Middle English, from Anglo-French sujurner, sejurner, from Vulgar Latin *subdiurnare, from Latin sub under, during + Late Latin diurnum day — more at up, journey
First Known Use: 14th century

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SOJOURN Defined for Kids

1sojourn

noun so·journ \ˈsō-ˌjərn\

Definition of SOJOURN for Kids

:  a temporary stay <My family enjoyed a week-long sojourn in Europe.>

2sojourn

verb
so·journedso·journ·ing

Definition of SOJOURN for Kids

:  to stay as a temporary resident <He sojourned for a month at a desert inn.>

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