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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 To make accurate charts, Carnegie Institution researchers first chartered a yacht called the Galilee, which sailed from 1905 to 1908. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A truly magnetic personality: Capt. J.P. Ault and his amazing ship, the Carnegie," 14 Sep. 2019 To help the plight of the rescue dogs without any chance of adoption, a Florida animal rescue has brought more than 50 dogs over on a rescue yacht. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "More than 50 Hurricane Dorian rescue dogs make way to Florida from the Bahamas," 9 Sep. 2019 Inspired by youth protests around the world and nominated for a Noble Peace Prize, Greta Thunberg, 16, is making her two-week voyage across the Atlantic in a zero-emissions racing yacht, emphasizing the need to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. Editors, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Dorian, CMA Awards nominees: 5 things to know Wednesday," 28 Aug. 2019 In theory, these can be added onto any ship ... which is considerably cheaper than buying a silent yacht for $1.5 million. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Solar-Powered Yacht? Solar-Powered Yacht.," 28 Aug. 2019 Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City on Wednesday after traveling across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-emission yacht. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Activist Greta Thunberg reaches New York after sailing across the Atlantic," 28 Aug. 2019 Pioneering school striker Greta Thunberg of Sweden made news recently for sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-emissions yacht on her way to the U.S. to continue her climate activism. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Private Jet Usage Is Being Criticized for Environmental Reasons," 20 Aug. 2019 Photo: Maddie McGarvey for The Wall Street Journal Mr. Parmentier, whose most expensive yachts exceed $4 million, has seven European orders ready to be filled when the tariff disappears. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Boatbuilder’s Million-Dollar Problem: No One Wants to Eat the Tariff," 28 June 2019 Tech companies rent yachts at said marina, which they mostly leave parked on the dock for a busy schedule of schmoozing. Jason Karaian, Quartzy, "How the world’s most creative people break out of a rut," 22 June 2019 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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