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yacht

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noun \ˈyät\

Simple Definition of yacht

  • : a large boat that is used for racing or pleasure

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of yacht

  1. :  any of various recreational watercraft: as a :  a sailboat used for racing b :  a large usually motor-driven craft used for pleasure cruising

Origin and Etymology of yacht

obsolete Dutch jaght, from Middle Low German jacht, short for jachtschip, literally, hunting ship


First Known Use: 1557

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yacht

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Definition of yacht

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to race or cruise in a yacht



1836

First Known Use of yacht

1836

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YACHT Defined for Kids

yacht

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noun \ˈyät\

Definition of yacht for Students

  1. :  a small ship used for pleasure cruising or racing



History for yacht

In the 1500s the Dutch developed a kind of fast-moving sailing ship for use in coastal waters and river mouths. These vessels were called by the name jaght, short for jachtschip or jageschip in Dutch and German dialects—literally, “hunting ship” or “pursuit ship.” The word was soon borrowed into English as yoath or yaught. The spelling jacht or yacht became widespread after 1660, when the English king Charles II was given such a boat, dubbed the Mary, by the Dutch East India Company. The king chose to use the boat for excursions and racing, and the word yacht became attached to other vessels used for the same purposes.


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