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

Synonyms for junket

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 the 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, 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 In contrast to a traditional press junket, studios such as Universal Pictures are also doing virtual, audio-only forums on Twitter where actors can tune in remotely and take questions from fans. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 Stop treating college football’s postseason as a seafood tower corporate junket. Jason Gay, WSJ, 17 June 2021 In 2019, the actor had fan cast himself during a Triple Frontier press junket. Nick Romano, EW.com, 14 June 2021 Take, for example, the longtime reliance of Hollywood on the movie junket. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2021 At the other end of the spectrum is the Critics Choice Awards, handed out by the Critics Choice Assn., a group consisting primarily of junket press and regional TV entertainment anchors. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 Bank accounts at Crown subsidiaries were used to launder money, and Crown improperly worked with junket operators in Asia to bring gamblers to Australia, the investigation also found. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 10 May 2021 Speaking with Forbes Entertainment at a recent press junket for the new season, cast member Ashly Burch (Rachel) promised a further exploration of her character’s professional and romantic relationship with fellow game tester, Dana (Imani Hakim). Josh Weiss, Forbes, 6 May 2021 The Coronavirus took hold worldwide so suddenly that the Emily Blunt/Millicent Simmonds/Cillian Murphy-starring horror sequel had already been screened for junket press when the film was pushed back. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 6 May 2021

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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 20 Sep. 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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