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sojourn

noun so·journ \ ˈsō-ˌjərn , sō-ˈjərn \

Definition of sojourn

:a temporary stay
  • a sojourn in the country

Examples of sojourn in a Sentence

  1. 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 HaneyGourmetJanuary 2003
  2. 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 ProseAtlanticDecember 2002
  3. My mother is Venezuelan, and every year during my childhood we spent a two-month sojourn with her family there. —Alexandra StarrNew Republic20 May 2002
  4. Our family enjoyed a two-week sojourn in the mountains.

  5. spent a relaxing sojourn in her friend's summer home

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Origin and Etymology of sojourn

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

sojourn Synonyms

Synonyms
visit, stay, tarry
Related Words
field trip, homestay, sleepover; layover, stop, stopover

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sojourn

verb so·journ \ ˈsō-ˌjərn , sō-ˈjərn \

Definition of sojourn

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

sojourner

noun

Examples of sojourn in a Sentence

  1. '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 BrontëJane Eyre1847
  2. … 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 IrvingThe Legend of Sleep Hollow1820
  3. began their retirement by leisurely sojourning with friends and relatives scattered across the country

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Origin and Etymology of sojourn

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

sojourn Synonyms

Synonyms
crash [slang], visit, stay, tarry
Related Words
come by, come over, drop by, drop in, run in, step in, stop (by); frequent, hang (around or out), haunt; inhabit, occupy
Near Antonyms
abide, dwell, live, reside

SOJOURN Defined for English Language Learners

sojourn

noun

Definition of sojourn for English Language Learners

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


SOJOURN Defined for Kids

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sojourn

noun so·journ \ ˈsō-ˌjərn \

Definition of sojourn for Students

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

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sojourn

verb

Definition of sojourn for Students

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


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