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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 This one, the Technomar for Lamborghini 63, is a yacht priced starting over $3 million that will be available next year. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Lamborghini Is Building a 4000-HP Boat," 30 June 2020 Or cruise aboard a mahogany paneled Matthews yacht courtesy of Ancient City Charters, perfect for a romantic sunset sail. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 30 June 2020 Foreign tourists—yacht-owners included—had to stay away. The Economist, "Empty palaces Why the French Riviera is full of ghost yachts," 27 June 2020 Hilliard had been discovered secretly recording nude videos of unsuspecting females, including minor and adult guests, aboard his yacht, said a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Western District Office in Charlotte. Michael Banks Gaston Gazette, Gastonia, al, "Man gets 35 years in prison for filming girls on yacht in Alabama, Carolinas," 25 June 2020 The last time they were photographed together was in September 2019, making out aboard a yacht in Italy. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Timothée Chalamet Was Photographed Kissing Someone New," 24 June 2020 Crew members found the tow line to the yacht had been cut. Fox News, "Australian man jumps bail, found hiding in air vent of cargo ship in attempt to flee country, police say," 24 June 2020 On Tuesday, Hadid and Baldwin, both 23, were spotted aboard a yacht in Sardinia, Italy, after reportedly flying into the Mediterranean island on a private jet earlier that day. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin Wear Printed String Bikinis on Board a Yacht in Italy," 23 June 2020 Brin founded the charity five years ago at the urging of his yacht's captain after a cyclone hit the port town of Vanuatu near where the boat was sailing. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Major brands announce temporary Facebook ad boycott," 22 June 2020 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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The first known use of yacht was in 1557

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Yacht.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yacht. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce yacht (audio)

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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