Definition of junket in English:


Line breaks: jun¦ket
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌŋkɪt


  • 1 [mass noun] A dish of sweetened and flavoured curds of milk: junkets of apple-flavoured cream [mass noun]: her plate of junket
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    • Sometimes the curds and whey were separated and the curds mixed with conventional junket curds, breadcrumbs, and honey to make an ‘eating posset’ that was thick enough to slice.
    • In addition, as an ingredient in junket, it helps coagulate cheese as well and is considered a thickening agent for many other foods.
    • But the worst thing, by far the worst thing I have ever tasted was junket.
  • 2 informal An extravagant trip or celebration, in particular one enjoyed by government officials at public expense: the latest row over city council junkets
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    • A couple of weeks ago, I was one of many online writers to be invited to be part of the first online movie junket.
    • The cost of Adrienne's wild west junket was $60,000, which no doubt went a long way towards assuaging all that Western alienation you hear so much about.
    • I'm happy to say that my over-extended press junket is FINISHED!

verb (junkets, junketing, junketed)

[no object] (often as noun junketing) • informal Back to top  
  • Attend or go on a trip or celebration at public expense: your MP’s worldwide junketing
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    • Mr Hale was suspended by the council in April 1997 in the light of a damning district auditor's report on junketing and expenses abuse which prompted the beginning of a huge police inquiry into wrongdoing.
    • Amid the initial focus on junketing and the abuse of expenses, it was one of the first indications of how far the cancer of corruption had spread.
    • We want it to be about run of the mill people - not junketing.


late Middle English: from Old French jonquette 'rush basket', from jonc 'rush', from Latin juncus. Originally denoting a rush basket, especially one for fish (remaining in dialect use), the term also denoted a cream cheese, formerly made in a rush basket or served on a rush mat. A later extended sense, 'feast, merrymaking', gave rise to sense 2 of the noun.

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