jun·​ket | \ ˈjəŋ-kət How to pronounce junket (audio) \

Definition of junket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : trip, journey: such as
(1) : a trip made by an official at public expense
(2) : a promotional trip made at another's expense a film's press junket
b : a festive social affair
2 : a dessert of sweetened flavored milk set with rennet


junketed; junketing; junkets

Definition of junket (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to go on a junket
2 : feast, banquet

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Other Words from junket


junketeer \ ˌjəŋ-​kə-​ˈtir How to pronounce junket (audio) \ or junketer \ ˈjəŋ-​kə-​tər How to pronounce junket (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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The road junket has traveled has been a long one, with frequent stops for food along the way. Since at least the 15th century, the word has named various comestibles, ranging from curds and cream to sweet confections. By the 16th century, junket had also come to mean "banquet." Apparently, traveling must have been involved to reach some junkets, because eventually that term was also applied to pleasure outings or trips (whether or not food was the focus). Today, the word usually refers either to a trip made by a government official and paid for by the public, as in our example sentences, or to a free trip by a member of the press to a place where something, such as a new movie, is being promoted.

Examples of junket in a Sentence

Noun The senator has been criticized for expensive junkets to foreign countries. took a junket to the city for some sightseeing and shopping Verb a lobbyist who regularly junkets politicians who are friendly toward the oil industry
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tiller goes along with Pong on a junket to China to try to raise money for it. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Chang-rae Lee’s Latest Is Fueled by Harrowing Travel, Witness Protection and Food, Food and More Food," 1 Feb. 2021 Eric Leong, who’s been offering junket services to Chinese bettors for decades, this year pivoted to becoming an importer of consumer goods like cosmetics and luxury bags. Bloomberg.com, "China’s Digital Currency Could Reshape Macau’s Gambling Industry," 1 Dec. 2020 But ethics watchdogs have long criticized the conference, calling it a junket that hands lobbyists a captive audience of state lawmakers. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "As COVID spiked in Texas, lawmakers escaped to Maui for corporate-backed confab on economy," 4 Dec. 2020 Foreman, who loved playing the penny slots, got in one last junket to Oklahoma before her death. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "‘A beacon of light’ — Janie Foreman, 90, made sure customers of the family auto repair shop left with a smile," 25 Nov. 2020 In mid-2019, a string of media reports alleged that criminal gangs laundered cash at Crown’s casinos, and that the company used Asian junket operators with links to drug traffickers. Angus Whitley, Bloomberg.com, "Billionaire’s Landmark Casino Opens With His Empire in Turmoil," 22 Oct. 2020 Boston isn’t an undermanned team like Indiana or a one-man junket like Milwaukee. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Heat outlast Celtics in knock-down, drag-out Game 1 | Commentary," 15 Sep. 2020 Pelosi pops up on TV news, talking to reporters and even cycling through the late-night talk show junket, in interviews from a computer on a table that sits just off her kitchen. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 13-14," 24 Apr. 2020 Herro didn’t appear to realize in the moment who Courtois was, but the 27-year-old goalkeeper has been making such junkets at least once a season for the past four years. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Nothing Can Keep Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois Away From the N.B.A.," 29 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'junket.' 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 junket


circa 1786, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for junket


Middle English ioncate, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *juncata, from Latin juncus rush

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“Junket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junket. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of junket

: a trip made by a government official and paid for by the public
: a free trip by a member of the press to a place where something (such as a new movie) is being promoted

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