yacht, racing yacht(verb)
an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing
travel in a yacht
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.
Any vessel used for private, noncommercial purposes.
To sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.
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).
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
to manage a yacht; to voyage in a yacht
Origin: [D. jagt, jacht; perhaps properly, a chase, hunting, from. jagen to chase, hunt, akin to G. jagen, OHG. jagn, of uncertain origin; or perhaps akin to OHG. ghi quick, sudden (cf. Gay).]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
yot, n. a sailing or steam vessel, elegantly fitted up for pleasure-trips or racing, or as a vessel of state.—v.i. to sail in a yacht.—adj. Yacht′-built, built on the model of a yacht.—ns. Yacht′-club, a club of yachtsmen; Yacht′er, one engaged in sailing a yacht; Yacht′ing, sailing in a yacht; Yachts′man, one who keeps or sails a yacht; Yachts′manship, the art of sailing a yacht. [Dut. jagt (formerly jacht), from jagen, to chase=Old High Ger. jagōn, Ger. jagen, to hunt.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A vessel of state or pleasure: the former is usually employed to convey great personages. One of the designs of a yacht being accommodation, they are usually fitted up with great comfort; their propulsion is by sails or steam. Small yachts, rigged as sloops, were formerly used by the commissioners of the navy; they were originally royal yachts, and one at Chatham was renowned as the yacht of Queen Elizabeth, the same plate being in use in her up to a very late date. Private pleasure-boats, when sufficiently large for a sea voyage, are also termed yachts. (See ROYAL YACHT.)
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'yacht' in Nouns Frequency: #2386
The numerical value of yacht in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of yacht in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of yacht in a Sentence
If we dont get the yacht out, the waves can damage it.
If I tell you a word like' yacht' and ask you to spell it, maybe you can do it.
Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club donates their staff and entire area just for the soldiers for the day.
Buying a yacht is a very personal and private investment, it’s an emotional decision and one of financial importance.
A superyacht isn't a toy, but it's the ultimate place to go and be away from it all, we have clients who literally go two weeks a year on their yacht and switch off.
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- iotCatalan, Valencian
- Jacht, YachtGerman
- θαλαμηγός, γιοτGreek
- [[ir]] [[en]] [[yate]], yateSpanish
- jahti, huvialus, huvipursiFinnish
- skemtibátur, jaktFaroese
- gheat, sgoth-longScottish Gaelic
- panfilo, yachtItalian
- ボート, ヨット, 船Japanese
- jahta, јахтаSerbo-Croatian
- jakt, yachtSwedish
- du thuyềnVietnamese
- yakt, blesirayaktVolapük
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