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 Your journey takes you from a trading port town called Black Spire Outpost, to a transport ship, to being captured by Star Destroyer and imprisoned in a cell block, and then getting rescued and escaping. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Rise of the Resistance," 4 Dec. 2019 The train has been making the trips for 20 years and has collected 4.5 million pounds of food since its first journey back in 1999. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Canadian Pacific Holiday Train roars through downtown Wauwatosa, bringing $7,000 with it for local food banks," 4 Dec. 2019 Crummey isn’t interested in chronicling his characters’ journey to spiritual salvation. Jon Michaud, Washington Post, "In Michael Crummey’s ‘The Innocents,’ two orphans in a remote corner of the world learn to survive," 4 Dec. 2019 The project, which hit shelves Nov. 19, 2019, was created to help readers document their own journeys through life. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Michelle Obama's Incredible 2019, from Breaking Records with Her Book to Being Praised by Beyoncé," 4 Dec. 2019 Chesney is taking that confidence to Salisbury University for his next soccer journey. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Boys Soccer Player of the Year: South Carroll’s Carter Chesney ‘wanted to be one better’ in setting county’s scoring record," 3 Dec. 2019 The Canon Rebel is widely known as a great DSLR to start your camera journey. NBC News, "Best tech sales for Cyber Week 2019," 3 Dec. 2019 Your journey starts with the boarding, where a conductor leads you to your car for a reading of the Christmas tale, complete with cocoa and cookies. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "6 winter train rides in Colorado to get you in the holiday spirit," 3 Dec. 2019 Then the ranch hands accompanying my mother and me on our journey unsheathe their wide bolo knives. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Chasing the American dream: I found my grandpa's slice of the Old West in the Philippines," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Largely overcoming minor nasal effects and sniffles during the 95-minute show, the singer/multi-instrumentalist journeyed through a series of personal hells concerning loss, change, disappointment and identity. Bob Gendron, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Angel Olsen stuffed the Riviera with personal hell, tumult, fury and grandeur — in other words, she rocked," 15 Nov. 2019 The Impressionist painter Frederick Childe Hassam journeys to Cannon Beach. oregonlive, "4 Oregon poets’ new collections plumb the past and illuminate the present," 9 Nov. 2019 After clocking out of his 9-to-5 factory job, Crews journeys home, navigating through mundane—but magical—scenes of small-town Alabama. Sarah Cook, al, "Birmingham magazine’s October culture picks," 18 Oct. 2019 But there are people and other patients who journey with us through it all. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "A Life Lesson And A Marching Band," 7 Oct. 2019 Our heroine journeys through urban landscapes, mystical forests and otherworldly dimensions on the prowl for hearts, as translucent roads give way to magical ramps and inter-dimensional portals. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "How Apple Arcade wants to bust up free-to-play games. And why that’s a good thing," 19 Sep. 2019 The ferry ride, which took around 45 minutes, was the quintessential experience of journeying across an archipelago, the routes well marked by buoys, poles and lighthouses. New York Times, "A Mother Journeys Through Grief Across Finland’s Many Islands," 12 Nov. 2019 The film — which earned strong praise on the festival circuit — follows Eline Farideh, who journeys to Iran to find her biological parents after having been abandoned 40 years earlier and adopted by a Dutch couple who saw her in an Tehran orphanage. Tara Bitran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: A Guide to All 92 Foreign-Language Submissions," 7 Nov. 2019 He and several other residents at the retirement facility strapped on virtual-reality goggles and journeyed to the country in southern Africa, as well as to Antarctica. Lauren Lumpkin, The Denver Post, "With virtual reality, woman helps nursing-home residents see the world without leaving home," 27 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'journey.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

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Last Updated

7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Journey.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/journey?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=j&file=journe01. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for journey

journey

noun
How to pronounce journey (audio)

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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