\ 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 The couple tries to visit four to eight breweries a night on their weekend jaunts. Ken Gordon, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio On Tap challenge has craft beer drinkers hot on the trail of cold ones," 9 Jan. 2020 The Bengals came back with Berry's touchdown jaunt with the fumble, and Cleveland retaliated with Nelsen's scoring pass to Morin. Rich Exner, cleveland, "This is what happened when Paul Brown’s Bengals played Cleveland for the first time: Browns Flashback," 3 Dec. 2019 His 64-yard touchdown jaunt with 2:34 left put the game away. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Pac-12 power rankings: Oregon, Utah set up for College Football Playoff run," 11 Nov. 2019 Pick: Bills by 3 Chiefs at Titans (+3½) Kansas City wideout Tyreek Hill recorded an NFL-best speed of 22.64 mph against the Vikings while chasing down teammate Damien Williams on his 91-yard TD jaunt. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 10," 6 Nov. 2019 During his jaunt in the zoo, Kasbar stole the now 33-year-old Isaac and put him in a plastic container without proper ventilation holes, according to the release. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Teen sentenced to three months in prison for stealing lemur from California zoo," 28 Oct. 2019 Service managed to get on the scoreboard just before halftime with a surgical four-minute drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown jaunt from Sebastian O’Farrell. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "Strong quarterbacking, stout defense keys West’s big upset of Service," 28 Sep. 2019 Clayton followed up a two-yard touchdown run with a 63-yard scoring jaunt to secure the lead for Holbrook. BostonGlobe.com, "Owen McGowan, Catholic Memorial," 23 Sep. 2019 Alternatively, escape the crowds with a jaunt to Île Sainte-Marguerite, just a 15-minute boat ride out into the Mediterranean. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "30 Places to Travel This Spring," 12 Feb. 2018 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

origin unknown

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The first known use of jaunt was in 1575

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Last Updated

9 Feb 2020

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“Jaunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaunt. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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