\ 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 In late January, the couple jetted off to St. Bart's, where they were spotted riding wave runners and hanging out on a yacht (with her parents). Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 25 Jan. 2021 After a brief romance the previous year, Kendall and Harry were seen spending New Years together, canoodling on a yacht. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everyone Harry Styles Has Reportedly Dated," 6 Jan. 2021 The couple was photographed at the theater and sunbathing on a yacht. Mary Rourke, Los Angeles Times, "Pierre Cardin, French couturier who pioneered designer licensing, dies at 98," 29 Dec. 2020 Host Jason Moore chats with experts who share tips harvested from their real-life experiences, such as a couple who paid off their $70,000 debt to travel full time and a woman who left her corporate job to work on a yacht. Washington Post, "With travel podcasts, explore the world through your ear buds," 11 Dec. 2020 This is pretty lovely: Giancarlo Giammetti, the co-founder and honorary president of Valentino, posted a rare photo on Instagram of Princess Diana vacationing on a yacht. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana’s Friend Shared a Rare Photo of Her Vacationing on a Yacht," 27 Nov. 2020 It had been salvaged from Hitler’s private yacht when it was broken up at a boatyard on the Delaware River, in 1951. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Early Holiday Shopping? Bid on Eva Braun’s Stockings, Hitler’s Cocktail Bar, and a Bible Autographed by Donald Trump," 26 Oct. 2020 Luna Rossa left its racing yacht Patriot with a gaping hole in its hull. Chronicle News Services, SFChronicle.com, "Messi sent off as Athletic beats Barca in Spanish Super Cup," 17 Jan. 2021 The yacht business was started in 1919, and Huizenga Jr. bought control of it in 2004. Paul O'donnell, Dallas News, "Dallas firms Ryan, Safe Harbor make acquisitions to kick-start 2021 growth plans," 4 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The scene gave the appearance of the opening of yachting season. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Candlestick Park’s first Opening Day: Found photos from 60 years ago," 20 May 2020 Movie producer Thomas Ince dies after yachting with William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin and Marion Davies. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Paparazzi captured him yachting with the media mogul Barry Diller. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 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, "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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10 Feb 2021

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“Yacht.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yacht. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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