Definitions for yachtyɒt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yachtyɒt(n.)

  1. a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes.

  2. (v.i.)to sail or voyage in a yacht.

Origin of yacht:

1550–60; < early D jaght, short for jaghtschip hunting ship

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yacht, racing yacht(verb)

    an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing

  2. yacht(verb)

    travel in a yacht

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yacht(noun)ˈɑɑt

    a large sailing boat

    to sail a yacht

Wiktionary

  1. yacht(Noun)

    A slick and light ship for making pleasure trips or racing on water, having sails but often motor-powered. At times used as a residence offshore on a dock.

  2. yacht(Noun)

    Any vessel used for private, noncommercial purposes.

  3. yacht(Verb)

    To sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.

  4. Origin: ca. 1557; variant of yaught, earlier yeaghe ‘light, fast-sailing ship’, from obsolete jaghte 'hunt' (modern jacht), short for jaghtschip, jageschip ‘light sailing vessel, fast pirate ship’, literally, ‘pursuit ship’, compound of jagen ‘to hunt, chase’ and schip ‘ship’ (see ship), from jagōnan (cf. West Frisian jeie, German jagen, Swedish jaga), from yegʰo- (compare Irish éad ‘jealousy’, Russian ярый, Albanian gjah, Ancient Greek ζητέω, Sanskrit यवन, यत्न).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yacht(noun)

    a light and elegantly furnished vessel, used either for private parties of pleasure, or as a vessel of state to convey distinguished persons from one place to another; a seagoing vessel used only for pleasure trips, racing, etc

  2. Yacht(verb)

    to manage a yacht; to voyage in a yacht

Freebase

  1. Yacht

    A yacht is a recreational boat or ship. The term originated from the Dutch Jacht meaning "hunt". It was originally defined as a light fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to pursue pirates and other transgressors around and into the shallow waters of the Low Countries. After its selection by Charles II of England as the vessel to carry him to Britain from Holland for his restoration, it came to be used to mean a vessel used to convey important persons. In modern use the term designates two rather different classes of watercraft, sailing and power boats. Yachts are different from working ships mainly by their leisure purpose, and it was not until the rise of the steamboat and other types of powerboat that sailing vessels in general came to be perceived as luxury, or recreational vessels. Later the term came to encompass motor boats for primarily private pleasure purposes as well. Yacht lengths generally range from 10 metres up to dozens of metres. A luxury craft smaller than 12 metres is more commonly called a cabin cruiser or simply a cruiser. A super yacht generally refers to any yacht above 24 m and a mega yacht generally refers to any yacht over 50 metres. This size is small in relation to typical cruise liners and oil tankers.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yacht' in Nouns Frequency: #2386


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

yacht(noun)

a boat or small ship, usually with sails, often with an engine, built and used for racing or cruising

We spent our holidays on a friend's yacht; (also adjective) a yacht race.

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