\ ˈyät How to pronounce yacht (audio) \

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

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Examples of yacht in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The family's sailing yacht, docked right outside the door, also got a fresh makeover. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 After police confirmed with Brussels that the owner was sanctioned, the luxury yacht, known as Dilbar, was legally commandeered. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 These assets included Dilbar, Usmanov’s $600 million, 512-foot mega-yacht, which authorities seized in Hamburg, Germany. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Mar. 2022 Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 and charged with under-reporting his compensation and of breach of trust in misusing Nissan money for personal gain, such as fancy homes, a yacht and lavish parties. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 10 Mar. 2022 That 553-foot yacht, called Eclipse, late Thursday signaled its latest position being near Madeira, close to West Africa, according to ship tracking sites FleetMon and MarineTraffic. Max Colchester, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 The press release announcing the seizure identified Sechin as the yacht’s beneficial owner. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Dogwood Canyon, below), and a custom 65-foot luxury yacht for private cocktail cruises on the lake. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 30 Apr. 2022 Cracking down on Russian power brokers: Germany has seized the world's largest yacht because of its ties with oligarch Prefer to listen? Editors, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The scene gave the appearance of the opening of yachting season. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, 20 May 2020 Movie producer Thomas Ince dies after yachting with William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin and Marion Davies. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2019 Paparazzi captured him yachting with the media mogul Barry Diller. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2019 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, 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, 4 Aug. 2017 See More

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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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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“Yacht.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yacht. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈyät How to pronounce yacht (audio) \

Kids Definition of yacht

: a small ship used for pleasure cruising or racing


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