\ 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

Examples of yacht in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Firefighters strapped the worker to a portable stretcher device before using the aerial ladder to safely remove him from the yacht, Kane said. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Firefighters use ladder to rescue injured worker from yacht," 17 June 2019 At the end of May, Jonas threw a bachelor party on a yacht in Ibiza, with his brothers Nick, Kevin, and Frankie in attendance. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Sophie Turner's Bachelorette Party Was Full Of Wigs, McDonald's, & Maisie Williams," 13 June 2019 One of its most lavish rooms is the master bedroom, which boasts a coved ceiling with gilded dolphins and rope ornament from the yacht Royal George. Eileen Reslen, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is Adelaide Cottage? Everything You Need to Know About Harry and Meghan's New Home," 23 July 2018 This man and his two children drifted out to sea one night on his yacht, which blew up and sank. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: The Dangers of Listening to Podcasts," 21 June 2019 According to the Sun, the Derby County manager, who has been holidaying in France with his family, is set to meet Roman Abramovich on his yacht in St Tropez this week for contractual talks. SI.com, "Chelsea to Offer Frank Lampard 3-Year Contract as Talks With Roman Abramovich Begin," 18 June 2019 To the rescue come a couple of honeymooners (Poppy Delevingne and Alex Lanipekun) on their mega-yacht. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: One Ariana Grande, Two Stadiums; Toni Morrison on the Silver Screen," 15 June 2019 According to a recent report, Japanese prosecutors accused the pair of using stolen money to buy a yacht for the family. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Carole Ghosn wants Trump to raise her husband's case with Japan," 17 June 2019 Then a medium-sized boat at $1.5 million, followed by a full-blown yacht at $2.5 million. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Gloria! Blues Turn Lost Season Into Long-Awaited Stanley Cup Title," 13 June 2019

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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English Language Learners Definition of yacht

: a large boat that is used for racing or pleasure


\ ˈyät How to pronounce yacht (audio) \

Kids Definition of yacht

: a small ship used for pleasure cruising or racing

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