\ ˈyät \

Definition of yacht

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various recreational watercraft: such as
a : a sailboat used for racing
b : a large usually motor-driven craft used for pleasure cruising


yachted; yachting; yachts

Definition of yacht (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to race or cruise in a yacht

Examples of yacht in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After selling Eagle, Mr. Heerensperger tried to retire, sailing to the Mediterranean on a 162-foot yacht with an 11-person crew and personal chef, according to a 2000 Seattle Times article. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "David Heerensperger, hydroplane owner, tough businessman and ‘the kindest man you could ever hope to meet’," 7 Dec. 2018 Beckham posted a snap of herself earlier this morning cozied up with her husband and John on a yacht with a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean in the background. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "David and Victoria Beckham Are Couple Style Goals on Vacation in The South of France," 29 Aug. 2018 She was recently seen hanging out a yacht with friends including model Jordan Barrett, Rita Ora, and Michelle Rodriguez in Porto Cervo, a marina on the Mediterranean coast. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Instagrammed Her Nip Slip at Dinner Because Why Not," 14 Aug. 2018 Another $250 million was used to buy a yacht with a private movie theater, a helicopter pad and enough space for dozens of crew members. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "Goldman Sachs Made Millions in Malaysia. Now Malaysia Wants Some Money Back.," 14 June 2018 One winner will receive a free cabin with a $3,000 value on a seven-day trip on a sailing yacht with The Yacht Week in the Mediterranean for two people this summer. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Best travel contests for June 2018: Win trips to Vermont, Switzerland and Tanzania," 4 June 2018 The Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show, a five-day affair, featured more than 500 vessels and exhibitors this year, ranging from small kayaks and fishing boats to luxurious yachts with price tags pushing $1 million. Alexandra Dematos, Philly.com, "Just in time for the Jersey Shore's nor'easter: A water car," 3 Mar. 2018 You’re delivered to the island from Jakarta aboard the Raden Mas, a 60-foot motor sailing yacht. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Fantasized About Being a Castaway? Check Out This Island Holiday," 18 Dec. 2018 Odds are, someone within earshot is hatching a plan to buy mansions and yachts as long as a city block. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "So many people are buying Mega Millions tickets that unique number combinations are shrinking," 23 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After taking a week off from Instagram, Selena Gomez posted a video of her friends yachting, eating avocados, and smiling in Australia. Emily Sundberg, The Cut, "Selena Gomez’s Yacht Video Aims to Debunk the ‘Beauty Myth’," 20 Mar. 2018 Since leaving the White House in January, Barack and Michelle Obama have been yachting, eating gelato and enjoying the best of what the world has to offer. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Michelle Obama Wished Barack Obama a Happy Birthday With the Sweetest Throwback Photo," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of yacht


1557, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yacht


obsolete Dutch jaght, from Middle Low German jacht, short for jachtschip, literally, hunting ship

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The first known use of yacht was in 1557

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English Language Learners Definition of yacht

: a large boat that is used for racing or pleasure


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Kids Definition of yacht

: a small ship used for pleasure cruising or racing

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