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

Synonyms for junket

Synonyms: Noun

excursion, jaunt, outing, ramble, sally, sashay, sortie, 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

Turner has been answering tons of questions about Game of Thrones on this press junket. Glamour, "Watch Sophie Turner Realize the Game of Thrones Ending Was Hidden in a Season 1 Poster," 30 May 2019 Outside of the set, Milo is typically doing press junkets across the world with the full cast. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Milo Ventimiglia: Jack Pearson Is Great, But He's Not Me," 19 Mar. 2019 In a room full of executives, managers and publicists, Larson called for studios to screen their films for underrepresented critics and include them in their junkets. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Brie Larson wants to hear from minority film critics, not just 'white dudes'," 14 June 2018 Its founder, a 33-year-old Mumbaiker who goes by the mononym Venky, spent years coordinating press junkets and itineraries for Mahindra, one of India’s top off-road-vehicle manufacturers. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 Less than an hour before hitting the stage, the ladies appear more than used to the chaos of lights being taken down and cameras shuffling through press junket–style interviews backstage at the Staples Center. Jeff Benjamin, Teen Vogue, "TWICE Reflect on How Their K-Pop Brand Connects Around the World at KCON 2018 Los Angeles," 17 Aug. 2018 While being interviewed by Clevver at a recent press junket for her new movie Hotel Transylvania 3, Gomez was asked what her character Mavis might say about Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's recent engagement. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Calls Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson's Engagement 'Amazing and Beautiful'," 10 July 2018 Nomura analysts chalked up the latest declines to cautious comments from Suncity, Macau’s largest operator of junkets bringing in Chinese gamblers, about the outlook for VIP business in 2019. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Casino Stocks’ Tumble Helps Push Hong Kong Into Bear Market," 11 Sep. 2018 Many other young stars have found solace in Hillsong, some with a recommendation from Bieber, and some on their own, making the church's Sunday services feel more like a press junket. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What You Need to Know About Hillsong Church and the Celebs Who Attend It," 3 Aug. 2018

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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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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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