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

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 Hap, in the stands a dozen times a game cheering for his son’s Cinderella journey. Charles Hollis, al, "Who ya got? Gonzaga for sure, Baylor in tight one vs. Houston," 2 Apr. 2021 True freshmen Terrance Ferguson and Moliki Matavao have been on campus all winter and as Johnson’s journey illustrates, nobody should be counted out of contending for a big role in the fall. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "5 position battles for Oregon Ducks entering spring practice," 1 Apr. 2021 The app’s inaugural journey begins on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is led by the local poet and activist Ursula Rucker. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 1 Apr. 2021 His maturation over parts of eight big-league seasons with the Cubs has been part of Baez’s journey. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, "Javier Baez is on the verge of free agency — and a big payday. The route to this point for the Chicago Cubs shortstop hasn’t been without challenges.," 4 Apr. 2021 Kennedy said that, growing up, his ancestor's remarkable journey had just been a story that no one really believed. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Australia's first international cricket team found fame in the UK. At home, they were betrayed," 4 Apr. 2021 Kong’s journey, on a colossal barge tugged by an aircraft carrier and supported by a whole fleet, exists only as a pretext for the first fight scene between the ape and the reptile. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Godzilla vs. Kong,” Reviewed: A Monster Mush of Two Venerable Franchises," 2 Apr. 2021 Your dog or cat's weight-loss journey will take some time; Armstrong says there are risks with losing weight too quickly (cats can develop liver problems, for example), so be patient. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Help Your Pet Shed Their Quarantine Weight Gain with These Expert Tips," 2 Apr. 2021 For residents of two island-municipalities of Puerto Rico -- Vieques and Culebra -- a daily commute is more like an odyssey than a normal journey to the Puerto Rico mainland. Cristina Corujo, ABC News, "Maritime transportation issues cause outrage in Puerto Rico," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The torch will arrive in Tokyo on July 9 and will journey around the Japanese capital until the opening ceremony on July 23. Spectators who try to catch a glimpse of the torch have been told to socially distance and refrain from cheering. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "The Olympic Torch Begins Its 121-day Journey Around Japan," 25 Mar. 2021 Then come the refreshment trolleys—service providers, like buy-now-pay-later firms, that purport to make the payments journey more pleasant. The Economist, "Scaling the peak America used to be behind on digital payments. Not any more," 20 Mar. 2021 Their work is regularly supplemented by a pool of sympathetic private nurses and doctors who also journey from neighborhood to neighborhood each night, often after finishing their day jobs. New York Times, "‘How Many Funerals Will Come Out of This One?’," 17 Feb. 2021 Airports and airlines are also piloting and fast-tracking a wide range of biometric technology and other tools that make the airport journey a bit more touch-free. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Delivery robots to digital health apps: 5 ways your next airport visit could be contactless," 6 Jan. 2021 Her aspirations are to continue to journey the road less traveled, attend Harvard University and major in Genetics while participating in the Harvard Ballet Company. NOLA.com, "St. Tammany Parish Public Schools name district Students of the Year," 23 Jan. 2021 The team has already scrapped the idea for Biden to journey to D.C. via Amtrak because of security concerns after the Jan. 6 siege. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden's inauguration: What to expect," 18 Jan. 2021 The Star Trek star didn't have to journey to any new planets to find her Christmas cheer! Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "2020 Celebrity Christmas Cards That Deliver Holiday Cheer," 24 Dec. 2020 In 1934 Texas, Elsa Martinelli must journey west in search of an ever-elusive better future. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "Winter reading guide: 20 books from Joan Didion, Kazuo Ishiguro, Cicely Tyson, more," 19 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for journey

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

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Last Updated

7 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Journey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/journey. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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 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

Choose the Right Synonym for journey

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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