\ ˈjȯnt How to pronounce jaunt (audio) , ˈjänt \

Definition of jaunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually short journey or excursion undertaken especially for pleasure a weekend jaunt to the coast
2 archaic : a tiring trip


jaunted; jaunting; jaunts

Definition of jaunt (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a usually short journey for pleasure
2 archaic : to trudge about

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Examples of jaunt in a Sentence

Noun a four-day jaunt to the mountains took a leisurely jaunt up to the mountains for the day
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a mostly flat jaunt through the woods, the trail begins to steadily descend toward Silver Creek and the caves. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hiking to the Eben ice caves is a winter adventure in Michigan's Upper Peninsula," 18 Feb. 2021 Those making the jaunt from Hong Kong to Macau must still buy a Chinese policy, because the waters below the bridge belong to the mainland. The Economist, "Chinese investors’ access to foreign assets expands—a bit," 6 Feb. 2021 Travelers are recommended to try Miami for a February jaunt. Alison Medley, Chron, "The top cheap places to travel in spring 2021," 1 Feb. 2021 But this particular cosmic jaunt concerned something special—even disturbing: an abnormally hefty elliptical galaxy dubbed C1-23152. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Giant Galaxies from the Universe’s Childhood Challenge Cosmic Origin Stories," 27 Jan. 2021 Junior linebacker Kyle Johnson recovered a fumble that led to West Bloomfield’s first touchdown, a 78-yard jaunt by the Michigan football signee Edwards. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, "Donovan Edwards stole show, but West Bloomfield's defense seals the deal; big game from Cam Orr," 25 Jan. 2021 Scott May has made multiple cross-country flights to Central Florida from his home near San Francisco this year, starting with a June jaunt when Universal Orlando parks reopened. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disneyland is still closed, so Californians travel to Florida with mouse plans," 18 Dec. 2020 DeMarco, who ran for 232 yards and two TDs, broke loose in the fourth and finished his 80-yard run with a jaunt down the Kirtland sideline. Matt Goul, cleveland, "See how Kirtland beat Otsego, 39-13, to run back to the OHSAA Division V state final," 15 Nov. 2020 London Drummond, who opened the drive with a 35-yard jaunt, ended the drive, hauling in a one-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal from quarterback Antonio Brown. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "John Carroll sees pair of 14-point leads disappear in 10-point football loss to Curley," 7 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No need to send a ref over to a monitor or for the umps to jaunt over to the dugout to put on the silly headphones and waste 5 minutes. Paul Uhls, Cincinnati.com, "Guest Morning Line: Let's figure out instant replay in sports or just stop using it," 3 Jan. 2020 In a collapsing pocket, Edwards-Helaire made the saving block to provide Burrow with enough time to find receiver Justin Jefferson, who broke a tackle and jaunted 61 yards for the game-securing touchdown. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "'Out of the Dark Ages': How LSU's Lethal New Spread Attack Was Built," 17 Sep. 2019 Beckham jaunted 89 yards to a score that was all about redemption. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Odell Beckham Jr. has big game as Cleveland Browns topple undermanned New York Jets," 16 Sep. 2019 The buttons proliferated, as the couple jaunted from souk to estate sale to thrift shop and bought buttons lustily. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Tender Buttons, a One-of-a-Kind New York Institution, Closes Shop," 10 Sep. 2019 After toasting to Marino amongst tony tweeds, guests jaunted over to another one of Marino's marvels, The Lobster Club, for a festive family-style dinner including servings of lobster dumplings, tempura mushrooms, and yuzu black bass. Vogue, "Chanel Honors Peter Marino, The Architect Who Completely Redesigned the New York Flagship," 18 Jan. 2019 In the morning, check out the spa—but not before sipping an espresso on your room’s terrace or, better yet, jaunting to the main building for the (impressive) breakfast spread. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend Road Trip to the Black Forest," 27 June 2018 USA TODAY Sports Mike Leach jaunted off to his vacation home in Key West, Fla., last weekend, shortly after his Washington State football team suffered a 42-17 loss in the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Mike Leach talks injury secrecy, coffee cooling and Pac-12 struggles," 3 Jan. 2018 Lily James is the bold actress tasked with playing young Streep, jaunting all over the Greek isle and singing about various beaux. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Mamma Mia 2 Trailer Takes Us Back to Where It All Began," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of jaunt


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1575, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for jaunt

Noun and Verb

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25 Feb 2021

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“Jaunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaunt. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jaunt

: a brief trip taken for pleasure



Kids Definition of jaunt

: a short pleasure trip

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