Definition of wanderlust
: strong longing for or impulse toward wandering
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Examples of wanderlust in a sentence
Wanderlust has led him to many different parts of the world.
Did You Know?
For my part, writes Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey, "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." Sounds like a case of wanderlust if we ever heard one. Those with "wanderlust" don't necessarily need to go anywhere in particular; they just don't care to stay in one spot. The etymology of wanderlust is a very simple one that you can probably figure out yourself. "Wanderlust" is lust (or "desire") for wandering. The word comes from German, in which wandern means "to wander," and Lust means "desire."
Origin and Etymology of wanderlust
German, from wandern to wander + Lust desire, pleasure
First Known Use: 1875
WANDERLUST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wanderlust for English Language Learners
: a strong desire to travel
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