\ 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

Darius Gaton broke free up the middle for a 55-yard jaunt later in the period to put the Generals within one point. Jon Poorman, Houston Chronicle, "College Park overpowers MacArthur with rushing attack," 7 Sep. 2019 Even so, how many of us would shoulder a light pack and head out for a 100-mile jaunt with no support other than what was carried on your back? John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s early explorers were tough buzzards when it came to traveling and camping," 6 Aug. 2019 On a recent jaunt into the city, which included our eagerly anticipated plans each night of our stay, weather became our adversary. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Meteorologists’ dire (and inaccurate) forecasts ruined my Chicago Bears tailgate experience," 4 Sep. 2019 This year, Pitino was considering a jaunt to Canada before forward Eric Curry and Carr talked him into something else. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers basketball: Isaiah Ihnen shows spark among many new players," 1 Aug. 2019 After jaunts to Paris and the Catskills, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is taking over Miami Beach in season 3. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Heads to Miami! See Rachel Brosnahan & Alex Borstein Poolside in Season 3," 7 Aug. 2019 Either the humidity levels are out of control, making a trip outdoors as ambitious as a jaunt to the moon. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Hit The Waves From Your Couch With These Summer Surfing Movies," 5 July 2019 The Last Supper,’’ is in the nunnery at Santa Maria delle Grazie, about a 10-minute jaunt from the castle. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 For commuting to Manhattan, with brief jaunts to the Hamptons on weekends, the Tesla might be the right SUV. WSJ, "Big, Gas-Guzzling SUVs Are The Champs for Hard Duty," 5 May 2019

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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