\ 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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Synonyms for jaunt

Synonyms: Noun

excursion, junket, outing, ramble, sally, spin

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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

Hemingway would be done with his 500 words or so a day by late morning, when many guests were just getting up, and already planning a fishing expedition or a jaunt into town, or other activity. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Preservation effort makes Hemingway's Cuba home look like he never left," 30 May 2018 Now, Democrats are demanding more details about the role of a lobbyist in planning Pruitt’s jaunt to Morocco. Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg.com, "Mystery of Pruitt's Morocco Trip Deepens With Lobbyist Contract," 2 May 2018 Simons has shown his menswear collection during the Paris Men’s shows since its inception, taking the occasional seasonal jaunt elsewhere. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Raf Simons Is Moving His Men’s Show Back to Paris," 25 May 2018 Take the 135-mile jaunt from downtown Cleveland to Heinz Field for the 16th annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Banter, Toast hold 3rd Rose Smackdown, Duck Island Club libations, more," 1 May 2018 None of the coverage of his speech focuses on him touting tax cuts, which was the stated goal of the jaunt to Ohio. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Trump flippantly accusing Democrats of ‘treason’ is not a laughing matter," 6 Feb. 2018 After his first jaunt to Dubai in 2016, X Y Jet raced twice with his best finish a third in the De Francis Dash at Laurel Park before undergoing the third knee surgery of his career. Tim Dwyer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "X Y Jet highlights Summit of Speed card," 29 June 2018 So each year when winter approached and the sun’s daily jaunt across the sky became increasingly short, Incan worshippers offered a festival of music, dance and sacrifices in hopes of being granted a plentiful harvest. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Incan festival pays homage to sun across Andes," 25 June 2018 In fact, after her short jaunt to Nevada County, the wolf went back to Sierra County. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "This Oregon tourist's visit to California is something special: She's a rare gray wolf," 12 June 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


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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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