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jour·​ney ˈjər-nē How to pronounce journey (audio)
plural journeys
: something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another
the journey from youth to maturity
a journey through time
: an act or instance of traveling from one place to another : trip
a three-day journey
going on a long journey
chiefly dialectal : a day's travel


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journeyed; journeying

intransitive verb

: to go on a journey : travel

transitive verb

: to travel over or through
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
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In conversations near the end of my journey, Theresa talked about having a son and three grandsons in the Charleston area. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 His confession, through a series of time jumps, is the mechanism in which his journey is illustrated and requires some mental acrobatics to follow. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for journey 

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Word History


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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of journey was in the 13th century

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“Journey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
jour·​ney ˈjər-nē How to pronounce journey (audio)
plural journeys
: travel from one place to another


2 of 2 verb
journeyed; journeying
: to go on a journey
journeyer noun


Middle English journey "a trip, travel," from early French journee "day's work, day's journey," from jour "day," derived from Latin diurnus "of a day, daily," from dies "day" — related to diary, journal

Word Origin
The Latin word dies means "day," and diurnus means "of a day." From the word diurnus came the early French jour, meaning "day," and journee, meaning "a day's work, a day's travel." Journee was borrowed into Middle English with both of its meanings, but only the second one, "a day's travel," came into widespread use. The modern form journey now refers to travel without regard to the amount of time taken. The English word journal can also be traced back to the Latin dies. From the adjective diurnus, the word diurnalis, meaning "daily," was formed. This was taken into French as journal. In this form it was borrowed into Middle English. It was at first also used to mean "daily," but it is now found only as a noun in English.

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