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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Verb

journeyer noun

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 The Emmy-winning actress is talking about her character, Ruby, who embarks on a cross-country train journey with her university boyfriend Billy (Irish dreamboat Domhnall Gleeson). Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Merritt Wever Makes Sense Of That Jaw-Dropping Run Twist," 12 May 2020 The four miniaturized kids ride insects, climb flowers, sleep in Lego bricks and splash around in a bowl of cereal on the journey to reach their parents. Los Angeles Times, "Movie props have ‘undeniable charm.’ A new Disney+ series spotlights the fading art," 6 May 2020 Paul Cary was a 66-year-old father of two and grandfather of four who decided to embark on a 27-straight hour journey across 1,800 miles in an ambulance from Colorado on March 28. Fox News, "Paramedic who died volunteering in New York during coronavirus outbreak honored," 5 May 2020 Glenn and Beverly Wefel’s journey together ended in early April when the new, fast-moving virus known as COVID-19 claimed them, first Glenn and two days later Beverly. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After more than 60 years of marriage, Milwaukee-area couple dies from COVID-19 two days apart," 4 May 2020 Significant stops on that journey include: Metro’s transportation policy alternatives committee, Metro policy advisory committee, Portland Streetcar Inc Board of Directors and a decade on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. oregonlive, "Metro Council races: Battle for North, Northeast Portland seat may be most competitive in a decade," 30 Apr. 2020 The story of Queen Sono takes the viewer on a journey of political power struggle, romance, action and intrigue. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "Netflix is renewing Queen Sono for a second season in a strong sign for more African productions," 28 Apr. 2020 Photo books take us on journeys to places near and far, past and present. Massimo Vitali, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 28 Apr. 2020 And scroll on to join us on a journey through Milligan’s inner sanctum. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "On the Cutting Edge: The Making of the West’s Best Knives," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead Books: $26) During the California gold rush, two orphaned Chinese children journey to find a new home. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Southern California Bestsellers: Fiction and nonfiction hardcovers," 7 May 2020 Like all Houstonians, the residents and staff at The Hallmark, Uptown’s luxury senior living community, have recently journeyed through unique times in the face of COVID-19. Houston Chronicle, "Service, hospitality keeping morale high at The Hallmark," 16 Apr. 2020 Each had journeyed here in the hopes that, by sharing their moving spiritual practices and message of connection to nature, to community, and to an identity based on these relationships with the earth and one another, real change might take place. Angie Jaime, Teen Vogue, "The Aniwa Gathering Connected Me to My Indigenous Ancestors," 2 Aug. 2019 Natnattcha Chaturapitamorn, of Bangkok, journeyed to Disko Bay, Greenland, where the ice cap is undergoing unprecedented melting, to experience the majesty of icebergs. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Are the Winning Photos of Smithsonian Magazine’s 17th Annual Photo Contest," 10 Apr. 2020 The Chubbs and other free blacks journeyed to Georgia and settled near a creek in the northwest corner of the state sometime between 1850 and 1864. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Nick Chubb is carrying the legacy of a small Georgia community known as Chubbtown," 23 Jan. 2020 Meet the New Nomads, who don't journey simply to escape—but to find, engage, connect. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New Nomads Are Here—Here's How They Travel," 20 Aug. 2019 The duo journeyed to northern England to officially open a new toll bridge over the River Mersey. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Answers to Everything You've Been Googling About Meghan Markle and the Queen Today," 15 June 2018 After two unexpected setbacks on the home grounds the Reds journeyed to the Windy City today and pounded their course straight and clean to the pennant goal. J. Scott Sewell, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: Forget the Black Sox. All that matters is the Reds won the 1919 World Series.," 10 Apr. 2020

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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

24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Journey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/journey. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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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.

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