\ 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

The Murdochs had gathered on Lachlan’s 140-foot yacht, Sarissa, in the Mediterranean. Sarah Ellison, The Seattle Times, "Younger Murdoch take the reins. How will he deal with Trump?," 25 Mar. 2019 Previous spoofing attacks have shown how to fake the GPS coordinates of yachts, drones, and critical infrastructure equipment. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A $225 GPS spoofer can send sat-nav-guided vehicles into oncoming traffic *," 18 July 2018 The interiors are designed to be reminiscent of a classic yacht, with glossy timber paneling on the lobby walls; terrazzo floors; glass chandeliers and blue, white and pink furniture. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A famous Italian family is opening its first Florida hotel in Coconut Grove — and soon," 26 June 2018 Mergui ArchipelagoThere aren’t really restaurants here, says Dillon, but the pro move is to charter a yacht and island hop. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Fit Southeast Asia's Greatest Hits into a Single Trip," 13 Nov. 2018 The Donald Trump super extreme Presidential luxury library is half luxury yacht and supersonic jet located inside Mount Rushmore within the skull of George Washington. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Living in the media's lie," 18 Aug. 2018 The pair was also photographed relaxing on a yacht and riding a jet ski. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima's Relationship," 20 July 2018 His marriages, divorces, yachts and parties made excellent copy. The Economist, "Roman Abramovich’s visa woes signal a shift in British policy on Russia," 24 May 2018 From going makeup-free to enjoying quality time on a yacht and long walks on the beach, Jenner has been documenting many highlights of her trip on social media. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Shows Off Her Post-Baby Bikini Body as She Goes Paddleboarding in 'Paradise'," 4 May 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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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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