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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yacht, racing yachtverb

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

  2. yachtverb

    travel in a yacht


  1. yachtnoun

    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. yachtnoun

    Any vessel used for private, noncommercial purposes.

  3. yachtverb

    To sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.

  4. Etymology: 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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Yachtnoun

    A small ship for carrying passengers.


  1. yacht

    A yacht is a medium to large size sailing or motor vessel designed for pleasure or recreation, such as cruising or racing. They are often luxury vessels equipped with various amenities and accommodations, and are typically owned by individuals or rented out for vacations or special events. The term 'yacht' can also refer to a specific class of racing boats.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yachtnoun

    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. Yachtverb

    to manage a yacht; to voyage in a yacht

  3. Etymology: [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).]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yacht

    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

  1. yacht

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

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  1. Cathy

  2. cyath

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yacht in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yacht in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of yacht in a Sentence

  1. Tom Lahren:

    The rest of uslittle people should make sure that we're offsetting our car and making sure that we're canceling pipelines, making sure that we're riddingthis country of thousands of high paying jobs in the name of climate change, but people like him, that's the only option they have, to fly private or be on a yacht or any of these rich celebrities that do all the same things and then still worship at the altar of the almighty climate change yet again. Is this surprising to anyone? Because it certainly is not surprising to me.

  2. Benjamin Barker:

    Buying a yacht is a very personal and private investment, it’s an emotional decision and one of financial importance.

  3. Andrew Winch:

    The owner is drawn to the power and charisma of New York’s skyscrapers, he wanted the bow of the yacht to include a phoenix because, metaphorically, the phoenix rises to soaring heights much as skyscrapers do.

  4. Annie Scrivanich:

    We're all very excited about Star Breeze, this new power yacht holds a maximum of 212 guests and provides new opportunities for those looking for a European cruise on a smaller ship.

  5. Sebastiano Pitasi:

    Owning a yacht is the way for an owner to showcase his success, but most importantly, to enjoy his time together with his family and friends in some of the most exclusive locations.

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