jun·​ket | \ˈjəŋ-kət \

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 \ or junketer \ ˈjəŋ-​kə-​tər \ noun

Synonyms for junket

Synonyms: Noun

excursion, jaunt, outing, ramble, sally, sashay, sortie, spin

Synonyms: Verb

banquet, dine, feast, regale

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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


The senator has been criticized for expensive junkets to foreign countries. took a junket to the city for some sightseeing and shopping


a lobbyist who regularly junkets politicians who are friendly toward the oil industry
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nomura analysts chalked up the latest declines to cautious comments from Suncity, Macau’s largest operator of junkets bringing in Chinese gamblers, about the outlook for VIP business in 2019. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Casino Stocks’ Tumble Helps Push Hong Kong Into Bear Market," 11 Sep. 2018 Many other young stars have found solace in Hillsong, some with a recommendation from Bieber, and some on their own, making the church's Sunday services feel more like a press junket. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What You Need to Know About Hillsong Church and the Celebs Who Attend It," 3 Aug. 2018 This is the polar opposite of the see-them-all island junkets most Americans take. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "8 European Beach Vacations That’ll Make Your Instagram Friends Jealous," 28 June 2018 Mayor Mark Farrell will probably remain in office for at least five weeks beyond the June 5 mayoral election, leaving him with plenty of time for the one final checkoff of his short term — the foreign junket. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Mayor Farrell could get to stay in office for a few extra weeks," 7 May 2018 Fonda canceled an appearance at a press junket in Los Angeles to promote the movie on Wednesday following the backlash. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Peter Fonda sorry for Barron Trump tweet but his tweets often go too far," 22 June 2018 But offseason plans and commitments during the short time before the team reports to training camp July 24 made this a small group junket to Orlando. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Wishing upon a star: QB Dak Prescott working out, bonding with Cowboys WRs at Disney," 12 July 2018 Three entertainment reporters say Freeman made inappropriate comments to them during press junkets for his films — including CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas, a co-writer of the report. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Biggest Bombshells From the Morgan Freeman Sexual-Harassment Report," 24 May 2018 As is common practice with such junkets, Melas was the only CNN employee there at the time. An Phung And Chloe Melas, CNN, "Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of junket


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1555, 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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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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