\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

Examples of yacht in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gomez has yet to publicly comment on Bieber's engagement, but was seen enjoying a day off on a yacht with a friend on the Hudson River the day the news broke. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Calls Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson's Engagement 'Amazing and Beautiful'," 10 July 2018 Many of the posts used a recent photo of Selena relaxing on a yacht looking gorgeous and very carefree. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Is Celebrating That Selena Gomez Will Never Ever Date Justin Bieber Again," 9 July 2018 Since kicking off a Mediterranean vacation last month, the eldest Kardashian has spent her days floating through Italy’s hotspots on a yacht with her children Mason, Penelope, and Reign Disick and her partner, model Younes Bendjima. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Is Kourtney Kardashian Having the Best Summer Ever?," 9 July 2018 If celebrating our nation's freedom in style — and on a yacht — isn't in the cards for you, spending your day off huddled next to the A/C watching the rest of The Staircase is a perfectly good way to do this reality-TV country justice. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "The 4th Of July Sales To Browse When It's Too Hot To Go Outside," 2 July 2018 At the time, Santa Cruz police said a surveillance video showed Tichelman panicking and attempting to revive Hayes before gathering her belongings, stepping over his body to finish a glass of wine and leaving him on the yacht without seeking help. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Folsom prostitute convicted in death of Google exec now charged in ex-boyfriend's fatal OD," 27 June 2018 Barry and Seema and Yontif and Yontif’s sumptuous Seema-grade Croatian girlfriend had whiled away three days together on a yacht off the coast of Sardinia. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Bridger starts printing twenties on a yacht parked in a local marina. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Lo-fi crime drama 'Counterfeiters' stumbles with points for style," 14 June 2018 After each day's eight-hour swim, Lecomte will rest and recover on the yacht, before being dropped off at the same spot the next day. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "French man to cross Great Pacific Garbage Patch on 6-month swim," 5 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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