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junket

noun jun·ket \ ˈjəŋ-kət \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of junket

1 a : 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

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Examples of junket in a Sentence

  1. The senator has been criticized for expensive junkets to foreign countries.

  2. took a junket to the city for some sightseeing and shopping

Recent Examples of junket from the Web

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of junket

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


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junket

verb

Definition of junket

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

junketeer

play \ˌjəŋ-kə-ˈtir\ or junketer play \ˈjəŋ-kə-tər\ noun

Examples of junket in a Sentence

  1. a lobbyist who regularly junkets politicians who are friendly toward the oil industry

First Known Use of junket

1555

junket Synonyms

Synonyms
banquet, dine, feast, regale
Related Words
board, cater, feed, provision; fete (or fête), honor, recognize

JUNKET Defined for English Language Learners

junket

noun

Definition of junket for English Language Learners

  • : 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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