\ 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


a four-day jaunt to the mountains took a leisurely jaunt up to the mountains for the day

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On her various jaunts, Hansen also discovered beautiful silk kimonos and formal dresses with exquisite workmanship, but no labels. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Step Inside Wilde Shop, Copenhagen’s Wildly Creative New Vintage Mecca," 18 Mar. 2019 Apart from the gluttony of my French jaunt, the other reason for my return was an unfortunate incident at a Bruno Mars concert: I was stampeded by a group of overzealous fans and broke my wrist and back. Irena Medavoy, Town & Country, "How to Detox Like a Hollywood Power Player," 5 Nov. 2018 Glover added a second NYC date and will head to Los Angeles and Phoenix before wrapping up the jaunt in Nashville. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Watch the 'Atlanta' Cast Recreate TLC's Iconic 'Creep' Video in Deleted Scene," 1 May 2018 Monument Valley Dineh Trail Rides offers outings that range from 30-minute jaunts ($45) to overnight excursions ($195). Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "Visit Westworld for Real," 19 June 2018 Kinnell, amongst the other knowledgeable staff, will help coordinate bespoke jaunts through the region based on personal interests. Jenn Rice, Vogue, "Why Boating Around Bordeaux Should Be on Your Bucket List," 3 May 2018 Amenities The Bullitt offers a calendar that includes events like knitting classes, literary readings and running-club jaunts. New York Times, "In Belfast, a Hotel Inspired by a Steve McQueen Movie," 24 Feb. 2018 McKissic rushed for 187 yards on 46 carries in 2017 and scored the team’s only rushing touchdown by someone other than Russell Wilson on a 30-yard jaunt against the Colts. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Report: Seahawks’ running back J.D. McKissic out 4-6 weeks with fractured foot," 21 Aug. 2018 These trolley jaunts between make-believe and reality have given me newfound respect for the mission Fred Rogers was on, for the sake of our children. David G. Allan, CNN, "Mister Rogers, television's polite radical," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Thanks to these handy rosé wine pouches, those jaunting to picnics, barbecues, and other outdoor events will never have to lug a heavy bottle around again. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Electric Rosé Wine Pouches Are Here to Up Your Summertime Wine Game," 23 Aug. 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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The first known use of jaunt was in 1575

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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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