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

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Other Words from junket


junketeer \ ˌjəŋ-​kə-​ˈtir How to pronounce junketeer (audio) \ or junketer \ ˈjəŋ-​kə-​tər How to pronounce junketer (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 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

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 Not only did early efforts help build a new one-story school that could accommodate 200 students, but follow-up junkets included the completion of a second floor that doubled enrollment to 400 students. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma Council of PTA president returns from mission trip to Dominican Republic," 24 Jan. 2020 In the 1960s his mother returned from an Irish tourism board junket to California with two surfboards, reckoning Ireland had better waves. New York Times, "Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way," 12 Aug. 2019 Not quietly either – the local media were invited for a press junket to witness these frankly frightening aircraft touching down on African soil for the first time. Fox News, "Russia building new empire in Africa: 'The United States should be hugely concerned'," 30 Oct. 2019 He and costar Richard Madden, who plays John’s first boyfriend and eventual manager, John Reid, gamely teased each other in marathon junket sessions and promotional stunts. Shana Naomi Krochmal, EW.com, "How Taron Egerton's Rocketman role of a lifetime became a lifelong gig," 5 Nov. 2019 Just a few days later on that research junket, the scientists watched a particularly dramatic example. Jonathan Nackstrand, National Geographic, "Greenland's melting ice may affect everyone's future," 15 Oct. 2019 The accompanying map highlights both the route into Nebraska and the dozens of towns, mostly in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, in which the junket offer was valid. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "‘What Is the Midwest?’ at Newberry Library shows a region that’s more than just milquetoast," 2 Oct. 2019 The actress, director, and producer has flown to Mexico City from London for a day-long press junket promoting her new show Monarca. Fortune, "Meet the Women Leading Netflix Into the Streaming Wars," 23 Sep. 2019 Holotropic Breathwork has become popular at many wellness junkets and spiritual retreats, the sorts of places where muumuus are worn without irony and people sip kombucha on tap. Barrett Swanson, Harper's magazine, "Men at Work," 28 Oct. 2019

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


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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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