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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 Perhaps the most anticipated of the yacht cruises entering the market is the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a first from a luxury hotel brand. Travis Levius, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Cruise Should Be a Yacht Cruise," 11 Mar. 2020 Arthur Brand, a Dutch art historian and investigator, has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including the recovery of a stolen Picasso swiped from a billionaire’s yacht in 1999. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Stolen Collection of Persian Poetry Found With Help of ‘Indiana Jones of the Art World’ Goes on Auction," 10 Mar. 2020 And if the pirate's life's for you, there's a yacht rock bar to try. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Here are 8 new restaurants, bars and coffee shops to try in Tempe," 7 Mar. 2020 But this policy only works for those it was intended if leaders in both the private and public sectors help ensure that cities directly shape the capital investments the regulation benefits in ways that lift all boats and not just yachts. Rajiv J. Shah, Fortune, "Equity is essential to economic opportunity," 25 Feb. 2020 And because the Fertittas have a newer, bigger mega-yacht in the works, for the first time in memory, bartenders were slinging cocktails from one of The Boardwalk's decks. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: The Chainsmokers headline the Fertitta family's 24th annual San Luis Salute in Galveston," 24 Feb. 2020 Jim Wachowiak bought two Carver yachts a few years ago. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The DNC will bring an onslaught of visitors to Milwaukee. Here are 9 quirky Airbnb listings," 20 Feb. 2020 Leonardo DiCaprio got to play a real-life hero to a man who fell off a yacht in the Caribbean and had to tread water for hours. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "Leonardo DiCaprio helps save man who fell overboard in the Caribbean," 9 Jan. 2020 Additional allegations that Ghosn used Nissan money to buy luxury homes in Beirut and Paris and that an Oman distributor helped him buy a yacht have swirled before his trial date, which is still not set. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Latest from Ex-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's Press Conference," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Yacht.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yacht. Accessed 31 Mar. 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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