junketer

junket

[juhng-kit]
noun
1.
a sweet, custardlike food of flavored milk curdled with rennet.
2.
a pleasure excursion, as a picnic or outing.
3.
a trip, as by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.
verb (used without object)
4.
to go on a junket.
verb (used with object)
5.
to entertain; feast; regale.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English jonket < Old French (dial.) jonquette rush basket, equivalent to jonc (< Latin juncus reed) + -ette -ette

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junket (ˈdʒʌŋkɪt)
 
n
1.  an excursion, esp one made for pleasure at public expense by a public official or committee
2.  a sweet dessert made of flavoured milk set to a curd with rennet
3.  a feast or festive occasion
 
vb
4.  (intr) (of a public official, committee, etc) to go on a junket
5.  to have or entertain with a feast or festive gathering
 
[C14 (in the sense: rush basket, hence custard served on rushes): from Old French (dialect) jonquette, from jonc rush, from Latin juncus reed]
 
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'junketter
 
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junket
1382, "basket in which fish are caught or carried," from M.L. juncata "rush basket," perhaps from L. juncus "rush." Shifted meaning 1530 to "feast, banquet," probably via notion of a picnic basket, which led to extended sense of "pleasure trip" (1814), and then to "tour by government official at public
expense for no discernable public benefit" (1886, Amer.Eng.). Cf. It. cognate giuncata "cream cheese" (originally made in a rush basket).
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