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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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 The film is expected to open in 2,200 theaters nationwide, but Lionsgate is doing minimal publicity -- opting to not host screenings for movie critics, press junkets or red carpet premieres. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "A Russian model was poised for her big break in ‘Anna.’ Then the film got stuck in MeToo limbo," 18 June 2019 Critics may see the trips as merely junkets or, worse, meddling in the administration’s foreign affairs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad," 17 Aug. 2019 The junket includes dinner plans this weekend with Jake Moffat, who coached Dahlkemper at SHP. Vytas Mazeika, The Mercury News, "From Atherton prep school to Women’s World Cup, duo fulfills dreams," 27 June 2019 There is no prohibition against lobbying, nor are voters required to pay for their meals, so some countries’ tourist boards — and even some individual restaurants — have subsidized expensive junkets to bring jurors to their tables. Lisa Abend, Time, "Why The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019 List Is More Controversial Than Ever," 21 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of junket was in 1607

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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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