jour·​ney | \ ˈjər-nē How to pronounce journey (audio) \
plural journeys

Definition of journey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another the journey from youth to maturity a journey through time
2 : an act or instance of traveling from one place to another : trip a three-day journey going on a long journey
3 chiefly dialectal : a day's travel


journeyed; journeying

Definition of journey (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go on a journey : travel

transitive verb

: to travel over or through

Other Words from journey


journeyer noun

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The Latin adjective diurnus means “pertaining to a day, daily”; English diurnal stems ultimately from this word. When Latin developed into French, diurnus became a noun, jour, meaning simply “day” The medieval French derivative journee meant either “day” or “something done during the day,” such as work or travel. Middle English borrowed journee as journey in both senses, but only the sense “a day’s travel” survived into modern usage. In modern English, journey now refers to a trip without regard to the amount of time it takes. The verb journey developed from the noun and is first attested in the 14th century.

Examples of journey in a Sentence

Noun a long journey across the country She's on the last leg of a six-month journey through Europe. We wished her a safe and pleasant journey. Verb She was the first woman to journey into space. an intense yearning to journey to distant lands
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the new shop at 841 Chapel St. offers a brief, refreshing journey to Asia. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 29 July 2022 Throughout the journey—including lengthy sections that were entirely underwater—elite divers carefully maneuvered the boys’ stretchers. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2022 Under the blue dome of the Russian Orthodox Church in Old Harbor, a priest invited on Anastasia’s repatriation journey, Father Innocent Dresdow, tells locals the story of Anastasia’s short life. Jenna Kunze, ELLE, 28 July 2022 In this week's issue of PEOPLE, the award-winning Hollywood writer and producer reflects on his extraordinary journey — both on screen and off! Christina Dugan Ramirez,, 27 July 2022 But the bar is high, judging by the circuitous, two-year journey of this bill. Greg Ip, WSJ, 27 July 2022 The journey to find a replacement for Trebek, who died in 2020, has been a fraught one. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 26 July 2022 And their journey to find that special someone lays bare their backgrounds, beliefs and preferences. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Set aside an entire day for this 105.5-mile journey, which winds between the northern terminus of Front Royal and the southern town of Rockfish Gap. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 20 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here are five tips that can make that journey a little easier. Jacob Kupietzky, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Expect Voyage to continue on its chart journey some time to come. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 6 June 2022 The production is choreographed by Elizabeth Wistrich and based on Miguel de Cervantes’ epic novel that tells of the adventures of the errant knight, Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, who journey to find the dreamy Dulcinea. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2022 Last year, William Shatner boarded a Blue Origin flight and, at 90 years old, became the oldest person to ever journey into space. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2022 Staff members say that overnight guests like to journey over for lively evening cocktails like the Legless Lily, a pink gin and berry concoction named for that very giraffe. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 17 June 2022 After his meeting at the steel plant, Pence was expected to journey to the home of Nancy and David Aichholz in the affluent Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 16 June 2022 One of the most interesting things in a road movie is to journey through different landscapes. Martin Dale, Variety, 12 June 2022 To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities—both cosmic and human—along the way. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of journey


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for journey

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French jurnee day, day's journey, from jur day, from Late Latin diurnum, from Latin, neuter of diurnus — see journal entry 1

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More Definitions for journey


jour·​ney | \ ˈjər-nē How to pronounce journey (audio) \
plural journeys

Kids Definition of journey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of traveling from one place to another


journeyed; journeying

Kids Definition of journey (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel to a distant place

Choose the Right Synonym for journey


journey, trip, and tour mean travel from one place to another. journey usually means traveling a long distance and often in dangerous or difficult circumstances. They made the long journey across the desert. trip can be used when the traveling is brief, swift, or ordinary. We took our weekly trip to the store. tour is used for a journey with several stops that ends at the place where it began. Sightseers took a tour of the city.

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