journey

noun
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

journey

verb
journeyed; journeying

Definition of journey (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go on a journey : travel

transitive verb

: to travel over or through

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Other Words from journey

Verb

journeyer noun

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Noun

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.

Did You Know?

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Collectively, the most important note to keep in mind is that buying a mid-century modern home should be a fun and thrilling journey. Eric Whitmer, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying A Mid-Century Modern Home," 5 Apr. 2019 Fans of Liza's journey on Younger can breathe a sigh of relief. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Younger Season 6: Everything We Know So Far," 26 Mar. 2019 This journey begins with the helicopter flight out of Kathmandu. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Kids who rarely or never have to face significant challenges, experience the sting of failure, or navigate a bumpy journey are likely to become less resilient, less confident, and more anxious. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Lawnmower Parenting? Experts Say It Frequently Backfires," 11 Apr. 2019 Understanding why requires a journey into the intricacies of Israel’s raucous electoral system—and shows how desperate Israel’s clashing political blocs are for every vote in an election that pollsters expect to be tight. Lahav Harkov, WSJ, "Why Cannabis Legalization Could Decide Israel’s Next Prime Minister," 4 Apr. 2019 For four years, the 33-year-old New Yorker has been on a committed journey to make every single one of his culinary idol's 1,200 recipes. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "I'm Cooking Every Single Ina Garten Recipe. Here's What I've So Far Learned From the Barefoot Contessa.," 5 Feb. 2019 This New York Times editors’ choice book follows a boy who finds a key to a long-unopened door and begins a journey into an unexpected world. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 After a two day journey, the spacecraft should land on the moon Feb. 13, 2019, to plant an Israeli flag and to collect scientific data for two months. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Israel plans mission to the moon using smallest spacecraft to ever make the journey," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The organization expects the worst traffic to occur in San Francisco, New York City and Boston and adds: AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. James Freeman, WSJ, "Prosperity and its Temporary Side Effects," 19 Nov. 2018 But for many, the meeting continues to be an opportunity for world-class networking among the 3,000 delegates and the hundreds of others who journey there. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Trump, Key European Leaders Skip Davos Amid Turmoil at Home," 21 Jan. 2019 Her crew journeyed with her to Mexico during season 9 in an attempt to save her son from his arms dealer dad, and the disastrous event led to one agent’s death and an ongoing investigation that puts everyone at risk. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Why Mosley on 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Is Causing a Lot of Problems," 4 Nov. 2018 Throughout this year, Grande and her hair have journeyed through a variety of different styles, including platinum blond and lavender dye jobs, and—gasp—a low ponytail. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Reveals That Going Back to Her High Ponytail Is 'A Remarkable Feeling'," 25 Aug. 2018 That’s not even counting the thousands who have journeyed to Waco, Texas to stay in their vacation rentals, or to visit their Magnolia Market at the Silos. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip Gaines Is Freaking Out Over These Cabbage Patch Doll Replicas of Him and Joanna," 11 Dec. 2018 But artificial trees are composed of PVC plastic, steel, and aluminum, and require packaging and other materials to journey to the United States from Asia, where the bulk of the trees are manufactured. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "The cost of real Christmas trees is on the rise — thanks to millennials," 5 Dec. 2018 The singers will make stops in Vancouver, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York before journeying back home to the U.K. for their final show in May. Stream Ama Lou's debut EP DDD below. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Ama Lou Releases Debut EP 'DDD' & Shares Upcoming Tour Dates With Jorja Smith," 28 Mar. 2018 Students from both East and West Leyden started off their summer vacations by journeying to communities abroad. Cheryl Waity, chicagotribune.com, "'It really changed their perspective': East, West Leyden students travel out of country for service projects," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of journey

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

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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journey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of journey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of traveling from one place to another

journey

verb

English Language Learners Definition of journey (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go on a journey

journey

noun
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

journey

verb
journeyed; journeying

Kids Definition of journey (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel to a distant place

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