\ 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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In recent interviews with KSBW-TV in California, Tichelman described what happened with Hayes on the yacht. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Woman convicted in Google exec's death charged in Georgia," 27 June 2018 One sign of how much the family cared about the Britannia: A century before, historians say, the queen's great-grandfather, Edward VII, wanted the Royal Train to be as much like the royal yacht as possible. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan's first solo trip with queen begins with unprecedented ride on Royal Train," 14 June 2018 Nordegren turned down the yacht in the divorce proceedings and Woods initially sought to sell it. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Report: Tiger Woods Plans to Stay on $20 Million Yacht During U.S. Open," 6 June 2018 January 2018 Sofia and Scott live it up in Mexico, chilling on yachts and making out in pools. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's a Complete Timeline of Scott Disick and Sofia Richie's Relationship," 5 June 2018 The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, on an American tour, planned to sail from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the royal yacht Britannia, and to bunk overnight while docked in San Francisco Bay. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "After 51 years serving SF, protocol queen Charlotte Shultz undaunted by elections, cancer," 29 May 2018 The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, on an American tour, planned to sail from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the royal yacht Britannia, and to bunk overnight while docked in San Francisco Bay. Carolyne Zinko, SFChronicle.com, "SF protocol queen Charlotte Shultz undaunted by elections, cancer after 55 years serving city," 24 May 2018 New mom Kylie took her baby girl and her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott, on a lavish vacation to the Caribbean island, where the family relaxed on the beach, chilled on various yachts and enjoyed some quality time away from the paparazzi. Julia Emmanuele, PEOPLE.com, "Definitive Proof That Kylie Jenner Isn't a Regular Mom — She's a Cool Mom," 10 May 2018 On Friday, the 39-year-old mother of three shared a shot of herself posing in a swimsuit on a private yacht. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Rocks Skimpy Black Bikini as Kids and Friends Join Her and Boyfriend in Italy," 30 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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