junket

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noun

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

junket

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verb

junketed; junketing; junkets

intransitive verb

1
: to go on a junket
2
junketeer noun
or junketer

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Junket has traveled a long road, and its journey began with a basket made of rushes—that is, marsh plants commonly used in weaving and basketwork. The Latin word for "rush" is juncus, which English borrowed and adapted into various forms until settling on junket. That word was used in English to name not just the plant and the baskets made from the plant, but also a type of cream cheese made in rush baskets. Since at least the 15th century, the word has named a variety of comestibles, ranging from curds and cream to sweet confections. (Junket even today also names a dessert.) By the 16th century, junket had come to mean "banquet" or "feast" as well. Apparently, traveling must have been involved to reach some junkets because eventually the term broadened to apply 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, or to a free trip by a member of the press to a place where something, such as a new movie, is being promoted.

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Arc de Triomphe, for instance, is owned by K99, a real estate and casino junket operator led by Rithy Raksmei, brother of the late tycoon Rithy Samnang. Cezary Podkul, ProPublica, 13 Sep. 2022 Since then, the government has banned all dedicated junket rooms in casinos. Time, 3 Nov. 2022 The junket was sponsored by the EFL, which encouraged officials to cast off old notions of school buildings. John Kelly, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2022 The city’s gambling business, especially its junket system—tasked with recruiting high-rollers and lending and collecting money—has been associated with corruption and capital outflows by officials in Beijing. Elaine Yu, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 Portman channeled '90s fictional icon Cher Horowitz from Clueless for a press junket on Monday. Hedy Phillips, PEOPLE.com, 5 July 2022 An alleged junket, a string of hires and a flood of employee complaints appear to have turned the school board against Dr. Timothy Gadson. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 July 2022 By dint of prudence and a few passes at the dog races, Mrs. Harris just might raise the dosh for a junket across the Channel and a shopping spree. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman paid tribute to the classic at the press junket for Thor: Love and Thunder. Alice Cary, Vogue, 6 July 2022
Verb
Spielberg, who is by far the film’s biggest star, also limited his press presence almost exclusively to junket interviews. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1786, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of junket was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Junket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junket. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

junket 1 of 2

noun

jun·​ket ˈjəŋ-kət How to pronounce junket (audio)
1
: a dessert of sweetened flavored milk set in a jelly
2
: trip entry 1 sense 2a
especially : a trip made by an official at public expense

junket

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verb

1
2
: to go on a junket

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