\ˈjȯnt, 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

In those days, little traffic but still a three-hour jaunt. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Green card in wallet, he's facing deportation," 29 June 2018 This year’s Cannes Lions advertising festival, Madison Avenue’s annual jaunt to the French Riviera, showed all the signs of an industry undergoing wrenching change. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Cannes Ad Festival Reflects Advertising’s Changing Guard," 22 June 2018 Dotsho in a rural Bhutanese bath house Gangtey Lodge Bhutan is not a destination for an easy weekend jaunt. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Spring Clean Your Winter Bod at These Wellness-Focused Luxe Hotels," 29 Mar. 2018 The trio will embark on a five-city jaunt, with their first show beginning Oct. 27 in London. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "The Black Eyed Peas Share Politically-Charged Video For 'Get It,' Announce European Tour," 10 July 2018 The following day, a jaunt to Charleston, South Carolina, for a meet-and-greet with the American Chemistry Council weighed in at $3,155. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Scott Pruitt Makes Strong Late Play for Most Shameless White House Grifter," 21 Mar. 2018 Simon is a quirky, tree-hugging environmentalist, who’s been known to sling on a backpack, take a jaunt to New Zealand and hike for weeks at a time. Dana Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Steve Simon: Deadhead, tree hugger, extremely private business whiz, Pacers heir," 4 Jan. 2018 By hopscotching hut to hut, a hiker or skier can complete a 50-mile jaunt at Hatcher Pass through some remarkable terrain. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "Proposed cabin in Hatcher Pass backcountry would boost hiking options," 16 May 2017 The two brothers were on a family trip and planned to spend three days in San Francisco before embarking on a road jaunt to Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "French connection: Fans flock to San Francisco’s World Cup watch party," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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


origin unknown


see jaunt entry 1

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16 Nov 2018

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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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