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

Synonyms for junket

Synonyms: Noun

excursion, jaunt, outing, ramble, sally, 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

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 Freeman's attorney said the actor was referring to something one of his co-stars had said at the press junket, unrelated to Melas. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Morgan Freeman accuses CNN of 'journalistic malpractice' and demands retraction of harassment report," 29 May 2018 The home base for the junket was the five-star Conrad London St. James hotel. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky senator was on trip at center of FBI's probe of Ohio speaker," 5 June 2018 The impetus for the story and this whole investigation was actually my own experience with Morgan Freeman at a junket last year, for the movie Going In Style. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Morgan Freeman's lawyer demands CNN retract story accusing actor of sexual misconduct," 29 May 2018 He is also accused by CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas, a co-author of the report, of making inappropriate comments to her at a press junket. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Biggest Bombshells From the Morgan Freeman Sexual-Harassment Report," 24 May 2018

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


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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: 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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