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

Synonyms for sojourn

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 See More
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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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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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