\ 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

But to best explore the park’s UNESCO World Heritage wonders, venture off the yacht. Travis Levius, Vogue, "Chasing Komodo Dragons on Indonesia’s Latest Super Yacht," 26 Apr. 2019 Actor Richard Burton once had a telling conversation about the yacht's power, per the Telegraph. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jackie and Aristotle Onassis's Former Yacht Is Available to Rent," 22 Mar. 2019 Plus, the yachts reportedly work just as well as any other boats that is out on the ocean. Eileen Reslen, House Beautiful, "This Startup Builds Floating Homes That Can Withstand Category-4 Hurricanes," 21 Sep. 2018 One sunny afternoon in August on a yacht off the Red Sea coast, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Vice Media Executive Chairman Shane Smith discussed an unlikely collaboration. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Sought Vice’s Help to Build a Media Empire," 8 Feb. 2019 Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock Anderson and Rock (unsurprisingly) skirted a traditional church venue, choosing to tie the knot in 2006 on a yacht in Saint-Tropez. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "11 of the Most Unconventional Celebrity Weddings," 1 Oct. 2018 Why yes, that is 12 cheeses for 12 days, perfectly timed for optimal indulgence on a yacht. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy Was the Ultimate Cheese Enthusiast," 16 Aug. 2018 In February, videos showing Deripaska discussing U.S.-Russia relations with a Kremlin deputy prime minister on a yacht again raised questions about his involvement. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "So who are the Russian oligarchs slapped with U.S. sanctions? For starters, they're billionaires," 7 Apr. 2018 Kerry, the impossibly rich liberal, a beneficiary of the Heinz ketchup fortune thanks to his wife, was a worldly fellow, comfortable on a yacht. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Retired Justice Stevens puts Democrats on a pin with call to repeal Second Amendment," 29 Mar. 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


\ ˈyät How to pronounce yacht (audio) \

Kids Definition of yacht

: a small ship used for pleasure cruising or racing

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