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

Farrington was unable to make the journey to the clinic by himself and was helped by locals who carried him to a hospital, the report showed. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Bahama father tells story of losing his 5-year-old son in Hurricane Dorian storm surge: report," 6 Sep. 2019 As a result, the e-Beetle can store enough energy for a journey of over 150 km after charging for around an hour. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Vintage VW Beetles and Buses Are Going Electric," 6 Sep. 2019 After all, no one thought the World Wide Web would come out of the same journey that led to the Large Hadron Collider. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Can Spaceflight Save the Planet?," 6 Sep. 2019 The one-week interruption from school was well worth it for Radich who made the journey with her mother and father. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "All that glitters is gold for Fort Lauderdale diver Juliet Radich," 5 Sep. 2019 Her heroic journey through things no one should have to endure. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, "Netflix Series Based on Our Work Explores Costs of Not Believing Rape Victims," 5 Sep. 2019 Power began her journey with a visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention," 4 Sep. 2019 That was perhaps the gnarliest part of the 2,058-mile journey for Dobbs, Timothy McGee of Longwood, Florida, and Troy Anzalone of Arlington, Nebraska. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "From Llewellyn Glacier to Emmonak, these men in motorboats traveled the length of the Yukon River in less than 25 days," 31 Aug. 2019 Tarek El Moussa's insane success story had a pretty humble beginning—and tumultuous journey. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Tarek El Moussa Reveals How He’s Kept Himself So Positive All These Years, Despite Everything He's Gone Through," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As their experiments become more perilous, each must face the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 The following day, President Haake visited Perry Point Veterans Administration Hospital and then journeyed to Delaware for her official visit to our neighboring state. Joanne Bierly, baltimoresun.com, "Port Deposit: VFW Auxiliary national president visits Cecil County," 30 Aug. 2019 Rather, what makes this situation particularly unique is the manner in which the Leaving Neverland case has journeyed, beginning from the way that the Michael Jackson Estate attempted to compel arbitration. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Could the Bizarre Legal Fight Over HBO's Michael Jackson Doc Wind Up at the Supreme Court?," 30 Aug. 2019 The Dodgers’ fourth straight loss, a streak that has now wrapped around the All-Star break and journeyed from coast to coast, closely approximated the first three with a late-game twist. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Dodgers fall to Red Sox, suffering their fourth loss in a row," 12 July 2019 For centuries, of spectators have journeyed to witness the solstice at Stonehenge. Nadia Suleman, Time, "Google Celebrates the Summer Solstice With a Pastel Doodle," 21 June 2019 New Yorker The Underground Railroad’s complex history After Colson Whitehead’s magnificent novel The Underground Railroad debuted, there was renewed interest in the history of the abolitionist network that helped slaves journey North to freedom. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The New York Times Launches the 1619 Project: raceAhead," 14 Aug. 2019 Over a 10-day period in August, hundreds of thousands of young people journeyed to Bethel, New York, and under rainy skies helped give birth to the legend of counterculture paradise at Woodstock. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woodstock, Manson and the march to Utopia," 13 Aug. 2019 Charlotte Tregger Judd 1/19/26-8/9/19 of Manchester, CT, formerly of East Hartford, born in Bridgeport, journeyed home on Friday surrounded by her loving family. courant.com, "Charlotte Tregger Judd," 11 Aug. 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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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

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