journey

noun
jour·​ney | \ ˈjər-nē \
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

This Sevareid classic takes the reader on a personal journey starting as a restless, 17-year-old North Dakotan, short of cash, sleeping in box cars, loving the open road. Marvin Kalb, WSJ, "Five Best: Marvin Kalb on Memoirs of War Reporting," 11 Jan. 2019 Ayanna Pressley reflected on the journey that brought her from Massachusetts to D.C. in photos. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Next Generation of Congresswomen Takes Office," 3 Jan. 2019 The 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished from radar not long after embarking on a routine journey to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, has proven one of the most confounding mysteries in the history of aviation. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Research Might Locate Flight MH370—And Solve One of the Greatest Aviation Mysteries of All Time," 7 Dec. 2018 The scenery is lovely, all autumn foliage and breathtaking mountains; the map is huge and decorated with all kinds of seemingly unique locales; and you’re being led by holotape on a journey that promises to be epic. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 But the bulk of their journey occurs inside the sun, where a typical photon spends a million years trying to escape. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 According to the Sunday Times, Mulroney's husband Ben also made on the journey to Australia. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Stepped Out in a White Shift Dress After Announcing Her Pregnancy," 15 Oct. 2018 For 40 minutes, the TV chef most of us know for dreaming up tasty shortcuts in the kitchen takes viewers on a brave and grueling journey from diagnosis through surgery and a painful recovery. Christine Kopaczewski, Good Housekeeping, "Sandra Lee Gives Us a Deeper Look at Her Breast Cancer Battle in a New HBO Documentary," 8 Oct. 2018 Meghan has officially earned the title of master of undercover operations, having apparently made a solo trip to Canada while remaining completely unnoticed on the journey. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Flew Commercial For a Secret Three Day Solo Trip to Toronto to See Best Friend Jessica Mulroney," 31 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Travelers who once bypassed the valley, following the siren call of Mendocino’s famous coastline, are increasingly journeying inland. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Navarro later called Mnuchin’s conciliatory comments ‘‘an unfortunate soundbite.’’ Ross nonetheless journeyed to Beijing Friday to work out details of the vague agreement Mnuchin had earlier cobbled together with the Chinese vice premier. Joe Mcdonald And Paul Wiseman, BostonGlobe.com, "China warns US trade deals are off if tariffs go ahead," 3 June 2018 After the Mexican government issued temporary travel documents to members of the caravan, some journeyed ahead of the group to the U.S.-Mexico border to ask for asylum. Kate Morrissey, latimes.com, "Migrants from Central American caravan face a long road to asylum in U.S.," 29 Apr. 2018 The Sunset Limited - journeying between Los Angeles and Miami -- was the last Amtrak train to roll through Mobile. John Sharp, AL.com, "In Alabama, decisions loom on state's role in Amtrak's return to Gulf Coast," 4 Apr. 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

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More Definitions for journey

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 \
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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