\ 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 Our fave among these five possibilities is the trek through misty Butano State Park, which offers shaded trails and ocean views — and the possibility of a post-hike jaunt to Half Moon Bay for chowder and lobster rolls. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "5 great ways to keep cool over this HOT HOT HOT Bay Area weekend," 26 July 2019 The five-month-long jaunt, which commemorated the 30th anniversary of U2’s classic 1987 set The Joshua Tree, saw the band perform each song from the album at every concert. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "U2 Sets 'Joshua Tree' Tour of Australia, NZ and Asia," 3 June 2019 Valpo went three-and-out, which led to Lucas’s 85-yard touchdown jaunt to put the game away. Staff And Wire Reports, courant.com, "State college football: Lucas rushes Central to 3-0 start with 42-13 win at Valparaiso," 15 Sep. 2019 Davidson pulled to within one, 7-6 on Jordan’s 21-yard run, but the Yellow Jackets answered with Evans’ 69-yard scoring jaunt. Al.com Reports, al, "Coastal Alabama Week 4 HS football roundup: Saraland, Thomasville win big," 14 Sep. 2019 The second touchdown was set up by a 57-yard jaunt from Brandon Wheeler on the previous play. Jon Poorman, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands holds on for win over Oak Ridge," 13 Sep. 2019 Dayton 42, Indiana State 35: Sean Prophit scored two rushing touchdowns, the last a 13-yard jaunt that was the game winner and Dayton won its season opener against Indiana State on Saturday. Indystar Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "State college football roundup: Butler tops Indiana Wesleyan in OT," 8 Sep. 2019 Shamir Garrett added six carries for 69 yards, including a 9-yard scoring jaunt. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "No. 1 De La Salle overwhelms No. 14 St. Francis 48-0," 6 Sep. 2019 Hawaiian Airlines miles are excellent for flights to the Hawaiian islands, as well as inter-island jaunts. Holly Johnson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want a Free Trip to Hawaii? This Credit Card Deal Is Your Best Bet," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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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16 Nov 2019

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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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