so·​journ | \ ˈsō-ˌjərn How to pronounce sojourn (audio) , sō-ˈjərn \

Definition of sojourn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a temporary stay a sojourn in the country


so·​journ | \ ˈsō-ˌjərn How to pronounce sojourn (audio) , sō-ˈjərn \
sojourned; sojourning; sojourns

Definition of sojourn (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to stay as a temporary resident : stop sojourned for a month at a resort

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sojourner noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of sojourn in a Sentence

Noun The visit with my father was preceded by a sojourn with my sister, Joy—an artistic type and sometime vegan who plays the part of patient vegetarian whenever her unrepentantly carnivorous brother drops in—and her husband, who were kind enough to pick me up at Heathrow. — John Haney, Gourmet, January 2003 On a recent sojourn in Sicily, I frequently found myself remembering that page in the children's encyclopedia, because it seemed to me that what I was seeing was as close as I will ever come to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. — Francine Prose, Atlantic, December 2002 My mother is Venezuelan, and every year during my childhood we spent a two-month sojourn with her family there. — Alexandra Starr, New Republic, 20 May 2002 Our family enjoyed a two-week sojourn in the mountains. spent a relaxing sojourn in her friend's summer home Verb 'Am I hideous, Jane?' 'Very, sir: you always were, you know.' 'Humph! The wickedness has not been taken out of you, wherever you have sojourned.' — Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847 … there abode, in a remote period of American history, that is to say, some thirty years since, a worthy wight of the name of Ichabod Crane, who sojourned, or, as he expressed it, "tarried," in Sleepy Hollow, for the purpose of instructing the children of the vicinity. — Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleep Hollow, 1820 began their retirement by leisurely sojourning with friends and relatives scattered across the country
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has made their regular sojourn to the desert for the April music festival impossible. Saba Hamedy, CNN, "People are ditching their homes and joining their friends to avoid isolation. It's called quaranteaming," 17 Apr. 2020 As Passant Rabie reports for Inverse, the findings come courtesy of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which ended its two-decade sojourn through space by plunging down into Saturn’s atmosphere in 2017. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Saturn’s Auroras Could Help Explain the Weird Amounts of Heat in Its Atmosphere," 8 Apr. 2020 Trump ditched his usual winter Florida sojourn to negotiate with Democrats over the impasse. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "More lawmakers self-quarantining after 2 congressmen test positive for coronavirus - live updates," 19 Mar. 2020 At the end of their two-day sojourn, Jonk and his friends trekked back across the steppe to rendezvous with their driver at a prearranged spot on the highway. Wired, "The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle," 17 Oct. 2019 Astronomers had hoped, even predicted, that Borisov might crack up this spring while heading back out of the solar system to once again sojourn among the stars. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, "It Came From Outside Our Solar System and Now It’s Breaking Up," 7 Apr. 2020 Some, like myself, were transplants from the coasts, or native Kentuckians returning from a long sojourn in cities where seeing five or six or even a dozen performances in a year is not particularly difficult. Nicholas M. Gallagher, National Review, "Figaro in Kentucky," 21 Mar. 2020 The Mormons’ sojourn in Nauvoo, Ill., along the banks of the Mississippi River, is one of the grand, underappreciated sagas in American history. Alex Beam, WSJ, "‘Kingdom of Nauvoo’ Review: The Sojourn Before Salt Lake," 21 Feb. 2020 But Thursday night's (Aug. 1) start of the Beatles drummer's latest sojourn had some particularly special meaning. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Ringo Starr Kicks Off 15th All-Starr Band Tour With Beatles, Toto, Santana and Isley Brothers Hits," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The author Richard Bach and the puppeteer Jim Henson sojourned to meet Ms. Roberts. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "Till Seth Do Us Part," 29 Oct. 2019 After sojourning in season 1-land in the season 8 premiere, Arrow is heading to another familiar location from its past. Chancellor Agard,, "Arrow star Stephen Amell previews 'really hard' return Hong Kong," 21 Oct. 2019 Along the rugged coastline of southern Greece, our ancient human relatives may have sojourned in what was once a balmy refuge from the encroaching glaciers of the mid-Pleistocene. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Enigmatic skull may be the oldest modern human outside Africa. But questions abound.," 10 July 2019 The residents of Blaine will have to endure the polite hordes of Canadians who sojourn here regularly, congesting local roads, patronizing the booming parcel economy, and emptying grocery-store shelves of their favorite products. Alexandra Samuel, The Verge, "Welcome to Blaine, the town Amazon Prime built," 20 June 2018 But after the early 20th century, when President Theodore Roosevelt and his large brood sojourned nearby, its vitality mostly ebbed. Julie Besonen, New York Times, "Go to Oyster Bay for the Food. Stay for the History," 15 Feb. 2018 It was related not long ago by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the great president, now head of the Pullman Company, to Horace G. Young, a friend since boyhood, now sojourning at the Hotel del Coronado., "WHEN LINCOLN LOST INAUGURAL ADDRESS," 12 Feb. 2018 Honeymooners can sojourn in some seriously dreamy digs—like an over-water bungalow—and the Maldives Huvafen Fushi boasts some of the finest. Anne Roderique-jones, Vogue, "8 Honeymoon Ideas for Every Type of Couple," 22 Aug. 2017 Health in the Penthouse If merely sojourning in wellness isn't enough for you, welcome to the rarefied world of wellness real estate, the third-fastest growing wellness market, according to GWI's research. Alexandra Kirkman, SELF, "The Big, Booming Business of Wellness," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sojourn


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sojourn


Middle English sojorn, from Anglo-French sujur, sujurn, from sujurner — see sojourn entry 2


Middle English, from Anglo-French sujurner, sejurner, from Vulgar Latin *subdiurnare, from Latin sub under, during + Late Latin diurnum day — more at up, journey

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“Sojourn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sojourn

formal : a period of time when you stay in a place as a traveler or guest


so·​journ | \ ˈsō-ˌjərn How to pronounce sojourn (audio) \

Kids Definition of sojourn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a temporary stay My family enjoyed a week-long sojourn in Europe.


sojourned; sojourning

Kids Definition of sojourn (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stay as a temporary resident He sojourned for a month at a desert inn.

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