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[hawr-nah-duh; Spanish hawr-nah-th ah] /hɔrˈnɑ də; Spanish hɔrˈnɑ ðɑ/
noun, plural jornadas
[hawr-nah-duh z; Spanish hawr-nah-th ahs] /hɔrˈnɑ dəz; Spanish hɔrˈnɑ ðɑs/ (Show IPA).
Southwestern U.S.
a full day's travel across a desert without a stop for taking on water.
Origin of jornada
1650-60; < Spanish < Old Provençal < Vulgar Latin *diurnāta; see journey Unabridged
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  • At one place they made a “jornada” of seventy miles without water.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • I have noted the only two patches of grass found during the 'jornada.'

  • The people dreaded an attack, and thought me mad, when I made known my intention of crossing the jornada.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • No guide could be hired on any terms, so great was their dread of the jornada and its occasional denizens, the Apaches.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • To avoid this obstacle, the wagons took the dubious detour north across the jornada del Muerto.

    Trinity [Atomic Test] Site The National Atomic Museum
  • Its fourth jornada (day's journey) brought it to the pretty valley where later was established the mission of San Luis Rey.

    The March of Portol Zoeth S. Eldredge and E. J. Molera
  • Theoretically, the jornada was fifty miles wide here; in reality it was much wider; in seeming it was twice as wide.

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • Hence the name jornada del Muerto, which is often translated as the journey of death or as the route of the dead man.

    Trinity [Atomic Test] Site The National Atomic Museum
  • They are the panoramic views that present themselves during a single “jornada.”

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • It is to be hoped that the fear of meeting with us will prevent them from coming into the jornada north of the town.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
Contemporary definitions for jornada

a day's journey; a journey or activity carried out in one day; also written journado , journada

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Spanish jornada 'day''s 21st Century Lexicon
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