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journey

noun jour·ney \ ˈjər-nē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of journey

plural journeys
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

Examples of journey in a Sentence

  1. a long journey across the country

  2. She's on the last leg of a six-month journey through Europe.

  3. We wished her a safe and pleasant journey.

Recent Examples of journey from the Web

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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.

Origin and Etymology of journey

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


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journey

verb

Definition of journey

journeyed; journeying
intransitive verb
: to go on a journey : travel
transitive verb
: to travel over or through

journeyer

noun

Examples of journey in a Sentence

  1. She was the first woman to journey into space.

  2. an intense yearning to journey to distant lands

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Origin and Etymology of journey


JOURNEY Defined for English Language Learners

journey

noun

Definition of journey for English Language Learners

  • : an act of traveling from one place to another


journey

verb

Definition of journey for English Language Learners

  • : to go on a journey


JOURNEY Defined for Kids

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journey

noun jour·ney \ ˈjər-nē \

Definition of journey for Students

plural journeys
: an act of traveling from one place to another

Synonym Discussion of 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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journey

verb

Definition of journey for Students

journeyed; journeying
: to travel to a distant place


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