sojourn

noun
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

sojourn

verb
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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Verb

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 his frustration with the strictures of journalism led him on a series of photographic sojourns to South America and Europe. Andrew Marton, Washington Post, "Robert Frank, influential photographer who captured ‘The Americans,’ dies at 94," 10 Sep. 2019 And without it, they could not have embarked on their historic summer sojourns, which commenced in 1914, on the eve of World War I, which changed America and the world forever. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Before the Kardashians, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford made road trips the engines of their celebrity," 8 Aug. 2019 Those with time could spend the weekend, overnighting in one of the small hotels along the pristine coast or settling in for a longer sojourn to truly disconnect. Los Angeles Times, "On vacation in Puerto Vallarta? Head south on a jungle path for secluded beaches and pristine views," 7 Sep. 2019 She and her husband, producer/ keyboardist/musical director Jodel Charles, toured in Paris, worked in Austria on an album with the Colombian bassist The Snow Owl, then took another artistic sojourn to Paris. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "The latest album from Denver singer-songwriter Such is a sultry soul journey," 17 Aug. 2019 But there’s also an open-ended spiritual quest to Mr. Atkins’s sojourns, which follow closely in the footsteps of religious and literary forerunners who were lured by the rewards of extreme renunciation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘The Immeasurable World’ Review: Solitude in the Sand," 26 July 2018 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, baltimoresun.com, "Ocean City’s Shark on the Harbor puts the focus on Maryland seafood and produce," 8 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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. sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, OregonLive.com, "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, latimes.com, "Ducks will have to earn their respite in Edmonton," 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of sojourn

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sojourn

Noun

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

Verb

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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The first known use of sojourn was in the 13th century

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sojourn

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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

sojourn

noun
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.

sojourn

verb
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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