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[jawnt, jahnt] /dʒɔnt, dʒɑnt/
a short journey, especially one taken for pleasure.
verb (used without object)
to make a short journey.
Origin of jaunt
1560-70; origin uncertain
Related forms
jauntingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jaunt
  • Mission specialists estimate that a round trip jaunt to an asteroid would take about six months.
  • While taxi cabs are everywhere, the rates and routes they travel can often make a short jaunt into an expensive outing.
  • Here are two that caught my eye on my morning jaunt through the pits.
  • Instead, her comment was received as a shocking admission of failure, and the mysterious jaunt as a stunt.
  • Ample storage and hydration for a comfortable all-day jaunt.
  • There's no better way to start a day than with a jaunt by the sea.
  • Challis returned from her jaunt to a bit of a shock.
  • Moody convinces her to join him for a two-week jaunt.
  • There are, in fact, four of us altogether on this jaunt.
  • Then take a jaunt through the park to welcome spring.
British Dictionary definitions for jaunt


a short pleasurable excursion; outing
(intransitive) to go on such an excursion
Derived Forms
jauntingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jaunt

1670s in modern sense of "short pleasure trip," earlier "tiresome journey" (1590s), earlier as a verb, "tire a horse by riding back and forth on it" (1560s), of unknown origin, perhaps from some obscure Old French word. As a verb in the modern sense from 1640s. Related: Jaunted; jaunting.

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