Definition of yacht
: any of various recreational watercraft: such asa : a sailboat used for racingb : a large usually motor-driven craft used for pleasure cruising
Recent Examples of yacht from the Web
Earlier this year, Kendall Jenner did the impossible and made a pool float look more stylish than a million dollar yacht.
Metro Ports handles a wide range of bulk and breakbulk cargoes around the country, including aggregates, potash, coke, coal, cement, fertilizer, borax, bauxite, military, steel, wind energy, yachts and project cargo, according to the the Ports.
A new Porto Heli marina facility is set to open soon and will accommodate up to 149 yachts.
Ritz-Carlton is building three, 298-passenger yachts for its new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
Stepping inside the penthouse at the top of 909 Walnut feels a bit like boarding a yacht or a luxury cruise ship.
Let’s face it, drinking rosé from Provence is a way to fantasize you’re on a yacht in Saint-Tropez.
The yachts of the America's Cup, happening this month in Bermuda, ride up out of the water on tiny foils that are like surfboards, which allows them to reach speeds unheard of just a few years ago.
Malta Files reporting has also exposed offshoring schemes of the Italian mafia, a Russian billionaire’s payday loan empire, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, soccer stars, and yacht-owning European oligarchs, among others.
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Origin and Etymology of yacht
obsolete Dutch jaght, from Middle Low German jacht, short for jachtschip, literally, hunting ship
First Known Use: 1557See Words from the same year
Definition of yacht
: to race or cruise in a yacht
First Known Use of yacht
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Definition of yacht for English Language Learners
: a large boat that is used for racing or pleasure
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Definition of yacht for Students
: a small ship used for pleasure cruising or racing
History for yacht
In the 1500s the Dutch developed a kind of fast-moving sailing ship for use in coastal waters and river mouths. These vessels were called by the name jaght, short for jachtschip or jageschip in Dutch and German dialects—literally, “hunting ship” or “pursuit ship.” The word was soon borrowed into English as yoath or yaught. The spelling jacht or yacht became widespread after 1660, when the English king Charles II was given such a boat, dubbed the Mary, by the Dutch East India Company. The king chose to use the boat for excursions and racing, and the word yacht became attached to other vessels used for the same purposes.
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