\ 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

Other boats, including yachts and other private craft, were also helping to evacuate people. Washington Post, "‘This hour of darkness’ as Dorian toll rises in Bahamas," 9 Sep. 2019 Other boats, including yachts and other private craft, were also helping to evacuate people. Michael Weissenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Rescue teams still trying to reach hurricane-flooded communities in Bahamas," 7 Sep. 2019 Other boats, including yachts and other private craft, were also helping to evacuate people. Michael Weissenstein, The Denver Post, "“Hour of darkness” for Bahamas; 43 dead, with toll to rise," 7 Sep. 2019 Foxx and Holmes were seen kissing on a luxury yacht and racing on wave runners together in Miami, FL ahead of New Year's Eve. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx’s Rumored Relationship," 19 Aug. 2019 As bridge dedication ceremonies got under way, an armada of Navy destroyers, yachts and power boats formed a huge oval in parade beneath the bridge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego-Coronado bridge dedicated 50 years ago," 2 Aug. 2019 Other aspirational brands, such as Minuty, are popular—often by the magnum—on the yachts and in the beach clubs of the Riviera. The Economist, "Even the French are learning to drink pink," 1 Aug. 2019 If your vibe is less yacht and more grown-up scout camp, this Helly Hansen dress uses similar lightweight material in a sleeveless design. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, "Blair Braverman's Favorite Active, Bra-Friendly Dresses," 29 July 2019 In meetings with shipbuilders in London, Mr. Tafoya said, Mr. Epstein dove into details about the yacht and cast himself as a tough negotiator. Emily Steel, New York Times, "How Jeffrey Epstein Used the Billionaire Behind Victoria’s Secret for Wealth and Women," 25 July 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


\ ˈyät How to pronounce yacht (audio) \

Kids Definition of yacht

: a small ship used for pleasure cruising or racing

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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