Definition of yacht in English:

yacht

Syllabification: yacht
Pronunciation: /yät
 
/

noun

1A medium-sized sailboat equipped for cruising or racing.
More example sentences
  • A young woman who is a stewardess on a ferry becomes a skipper on a racing yacht.
  • I asked to be transported to a sailing yacht, cruising just offshore of that beach.
  • These craft run the gamut from sleek international racing yachts to historic workboats.
1.1 [with modifier] A powered boat or small ship equipped for cruising, typically for private or official use: a steam yacht
More example sentences
  • You may recall I told you about Lil who quit his job here to start a charter yacht business.
  • She was a beautiful old steam yacht belonging originally to the Guinness family.
  • Les Pompiers were out in force, and alongside the dock a bareboat charter yacht was half sunk.

verb

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Race or cruise in a yacht.
More example sentences
  • The only place Olga felt free was when the family yachted over to Fredensborg Palace in Denmark.
  • There is also yachting, which is what I'm doing, and here things are much gentler.
  • If the theatre bug hadn't got into her, she would probably have been a sailor, so passionate was she about yachting.

Origin

mid 16th century: from early modern Dutch jaghte, from jaghtschip 'fast pirate ship', from jag(h)t 'hunting' + schip 'ship'.

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