\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

In February, a video appeared on YouTube showing Manafort’s patron Deripaska on his yacht with a Belarusian escort named Anastasia Vashukevich. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Others who docked their yachts in the hotel’s marina reportedly included the late publisher of Forbes Magazine, Malcolm Forbes; journalist Walter Cronkite and singer Frank Sinatra. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "6 fun things about Pier 66 you probably didn't know," 6 July 2018 Caruso’s guests instead view the show aboard his 216-foot yacht, Invictus, or from the Wedge. Susan Hoffman, latimes.com, "Newport’s fireworks safety specialists get the Fourth ready to fly," 3 July 2018 In the summer of 1983, at the age of 23, Ashcraft and her boyfriend, Richard Sharp, were left adrift on their yacht after being caught in a storm while sailing at sea. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "'Adrift' star Shailene Woodley reveals she maintained a 'miserable' 350 calories a day diet for film," 28 June 2018 Privacy - Terms Riopelle died two weeks before Google executive Forrest Hayes was found dead on his yacht in Santa Cruz from an overdose. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Folsom prostitute convicted in death of Google exec now charged in ex-boyfriend's fatal OD," 27 June 2018 The Inn offers boat rides from Baltimore straight to the property aboard their Hinckley yacht. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "This East Coast Getaway Is the Perfect Alternative to The Hamptons," 26 June 2018 Bye-bye Tiger Tiger Woods missed the cut at the U.S. Open, and Saturday afternoon USA TODAY Sports reporter Josh Peter saw his massive yacht named Privacy leave the harbor. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "U.S. Open live: Latest news from Shinnecock Hills as Dustin Johnson holds lead," 16 June 2018 Stories ran about parties aboard his yacht, Summerwind, and about his friendship with erratic boxer Mike Tyson, for example. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Jeff Greene says he'll play king-maker if he wins Democratic nomination for governor," 13 June 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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