\ 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 Later that year, Carmelo was photographed on a yacht with an unidentified woman, sparking renewed speculation the spouses were no longer playing on the same team. Nancy Dillon, baltimoresun.com, 17 June 2021 Charles also shared a couple of photos of the two of them together, including one of them on a yacht. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, 10 June 2021 The new Grande Trideck features expansive living areas never seen before on a yacht this size. Bill Springer, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Those who genuinely enjoy the water can choose to set their wedding afloat by getting married during a sunset cruise on a yacht, such as The Carolina Girl, which sits in St. Johns Yacht Harbor to the west of Charleston. Jennifer Prince, Southern Living, 23 May 2021 December 2, 1956 - Eighty-two exiles land in Cuba, on a yacht named Granma. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 But, come on, this is really just an excuse to get the women on a yacht, since Teresa has turned down Emily’s numerous invitations. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 The couple tied the knot in epic fashion on a yacht in Newport Beach, Calif. in 2015 with the bride, as well as the entire wedding party, wearing white. Essence, 13 Apr. 2021 Additional details about the yacht have not be reported. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The scene gave the appearance of the opening of yachting season. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, 20 May 2020 Movie producer Thomas Ince dies after yachting with William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin and Marion Davies. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2019 Paparazzi captured him yachting with the media mogul Barry Diller. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 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, 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, 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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“Yacht.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yacht. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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