so·​journ | \ ˈsō-ˌjərn How to pronounce sojourn (audio) , sō-ˈjərn \

Definition of sojourn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a temporary stay a sojourn in the country


so·​journ | \ ˈsō-ˌjərn How to pronounce sojourn (audio) , sō-ˈjərn \
sojourned; sojourning; sojourns

Definition of sojourn (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to stay as a temporary resident : stop sojourned for a month at a resort

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sojourner noun

Synonyms for sojourn

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of sojourn in a Sentence

Noun The visit with my father was preceded by a sojourn with my sister, Joy—an artistic type and sometime vegan who plays the part of patient vegetarian whenever her unrepentantly carnivorous brother drops in—and her husband, who were kind enough to pick me up at Heathrow. — John Haney, Gourmet, January 2003 On a recent sojourn in Sicily, I frequently found myself remembering that page in the children's encyclopedia, because it seemed to me that what I was seeing was as close as I will ever come to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. — Francine Prose, Atlantic, December 2002 My mother is Venezuelan, and every year during my childhood we spent a two-month sojourn with her family there. — Alexandra Starr, New Republic, 20 May 2002 Our family enjoyed a two-week sojourn in the mountains. spent a relaxing sojourn in her friend's summer home Verb 'Am I hideous, Jane?' 'Very, sir: you always were, you know.' 'Humph! The wickedness has not been taken out of you, wherever you have sojourned.' — Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847 … there abode, in a remote period of American history, that is to say, some thirty years since, a worthy wight of the name of Ichabod Crane, who sojourned, or, as he expressed it, "tarried," in Sleepy Hollow, for the purpose of instructing the children of the vicinity. — Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleep Hollow, 1820 began their retirement by leisurely sojourning with friends and relatives scattered across the country
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most movies would move on from that blissful Mexican village sojourn to more pressing matters, and Cry Macho does, too — sort of — but there’s a fundamental imbalance to the tale that tells us where its heart truly lies. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 15 Sep. 2021 Mitchell’s sketches and a painting from her first sojourn in Paris in 1948 — a selection that includes a view of her tiny stove, rendered in the looping Cubist style popularized by Picasso — are among the works on view in the galleries. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Collaborators flocked to him during a five-year sojourn in England, and his life gained some stability after his Swiss wife-to-be Mireille Campbell weaned him off marijuana and alcohol in the late '80s. NBC News, 29 Aug. 2021 Tsuki Sake launched in July of 2021 with two different products that were produced during Watanabe’s Colorado sojourn. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 Willie Nelson recorded his 1974 album Phases and Stages with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, while artists like the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Sam & Dave and Joe Cocker all made the sojourn to Alabama to play with the group. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 20 May 2021 This was Turrell’s work in its essence: an experiential sojourn where your own sight couldn’t be trusted to relay an accurate rendering of reality itself to your brain., 8 June 2021 Of all the countless anecdotes told of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), my absolute favorite takes in the musician-cum-critic Cecil Gray, Lawrence’s neighbor during his World War I-era sojourn in Cornwall. D.j. Taylor, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 Moses' 1961 sojourn in McComb in Pike County in particular set off political shockwaves that transformed America. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 28 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Organizer Bob Hannaford said the swingers sojourn in New Orleans was initially scheduled for the summer but was postponed because of the pandemic. Matt Sledge,, 13 Nov. 2020 The safest way to sojourn into the haunted, creepy and macabre, especially during a pandemic, is never to leave home. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 27 Oct. 2020 For two weeks in August each year, the family would sojourn to the Atlantic Coast for a vacation, first at Ocean City and later at Bethany Beach and elsewhere. Jacob Wallace, Washington Post, 22 May 2020 To the city folk who sojourn there, West Marin is an agrarian idyll. Leilani Marie Labong,, 21 May 2020 The author Richard Bach and the puppeteer Jim Henson sojourned to meet Ms. Roberts. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, 29 Oct. 2019 After sojourning in season 1-land in the season 8 premiere, Arrow is heading to another familiar location from its past. Chancellor Agard,, 21 Oct. 2019 Along the rugged coastline of southern Greece, our ancient human relatives may have sojourned in what was once a balmy refuge from the encroaching glaciers of the mid-Pleistocene. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, 10 July 2019 The residents of Blaine will have to endure the polite hordes of Canadians who sojourn here regularly, congesting local roads, patronizing the booming parcel economy, and emptying grocery-store shelves of their favorite products. Alexandra Samuel, The Verge, 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of sojourn


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sojourn


Middle English sojorn, from Anglo-French sujur, sujurn, from sujurner — see sojourn entry 2


Middle English, from Anglo-French sujurner, sejurner, from Vulgar Latin *subdiurnare, from Latin sub under, during + Late Latin diurnum day — more at up, journey

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English Language Learners Definition of sojourn

: a period of time when you stay in a place as a traveler or guest


so·​journ | \ ˈsō-ˌjərn How to pronounce sojourn (audio) \

Kids Definition of sojourn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a temporary stay My family enjoyed a week-long sojourn in Europe.


sojourned; sojourning

Kids Definition of sojourn (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stay as a temporary resident He sojourned for a month at a desert inn.

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