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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Other Words from sojourn


sojourner noun

Synonyms for sojourn

Synonyms: Noun

stay, tarry, visit

Synonyms: Verb

crash [slang], stay, tarry, visit

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Examples of sojourn in a Sentence


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


'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

During my week sojourn, the patina of sweat on my skin disappeared only in the shower. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: A lesson on identity politics from the Dominican Republic," 5 Sep. 2019 In the years following her Paris sojourn, Rona started to explore the phenomenon of radioactivity in seawater. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Elizabeth Rona, Pioneering Scientist Amid Dangers of War," 28 Aug. 2019 Our sojourn south to Ocean City was inspired by a Facebook post. Christina Tkacik,, "Ocean City’s Shark on the Harbor puts the focus on Maryland seafood and produce," 8 Aug. 2019 Some work out and some don’t, and barring an MLS Cup title this fall, Rooney’s MLS sojourn will fall somewhere in between. Brian Straus,, "What Legacy Will Wayne Rooney Leave on MLS After Early Departure from DC United?," 6 Aug. 2019 Museums and parks and beaches, family outings and overnight sojourns. Pamela Wright,, "5 easy New England getaways before summer ends," 6 Aug. 2019 Day 2: Spiritual sojourn 8:30 a.m. When visiting the architectural stronghold of Christianity in Egypt, hiring a quality guide is essential for getting the most out of the experience. Sarvesh Talreja, National Geographic, "Cairo beyond the pyramids: The ultimate itinerary," 30 July 2019 Back with his original big league team after a one-year sojourn, Carlos Santana earns his first All-Star selection and starts at home in Cleveland. Washington Post, "Primary players: All-Stars set to rock Cleveland next month," 27 June 2019 Dropping down to the south coast (after a brief sojourn to Naples), Southampton look to be about to sign a new striker... and one who actually scores goals!, "Transfer Rumours: Herrera's Next Move, Maguire Latest, Sarr to Newcastle or Watford & More," 18 June 2019

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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 On the first night, 18 aspiring journalists and two resident advisors sojourned down to the basement workshop where a young woman had allegedly been murdered. Special To The Oregonian,, "Thyme Masters: Making a journalist," 20 July 2017 With two days off between Games 3 and 4, the Ducks will sojourn to Kelowna, Canada, more than 500 miles away, for that break. Curtis Zupke,, "Ducks will have to earn their respite in Edmonton," 29 Apr. 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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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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