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[noun soh-jurn; verb soh-jurn, soh-jurn] /noun ˈsoʊ dʒɜrn; verb ˈsoʊ dʒɜrn, soʊˈdʒɜrn/
a temporary stay:
during his sojourn in Paris.
verb (used without object)
to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily:
to sojourn on the Riviera for two months.
Origin of sojourn
1200-50; (v.) Middle English sojurnen < Old French sojorner to rest, stay < Vulgar Latin *subdiurnāre, equivalent to Latin sub- sub- + diurn(us) of a day + -āre infinitive suffix; (noun) Middle English sojurne < Old French sojorn, derivative of the v.; see journey
Related forms
sojourner, noun
2. visit, vacation, rest, stop. Unabridged
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  • But it may be the last—at least during their sojourn in California.

  • All good Americans, we are told, relegate the sojourn to a more distant future.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • The great resurrection was at hand; the body of the faithful had only to sojourn for a very short time in the rock.

    The Apostles Ernest Renan
  • Now came the narrative of Bernadette's sojourn at Nevers, and then her death there.

  • And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

British Dictionary definitions for sojourn


/ˈsɒdʒɜːn; ˈsʌdʒ-/
a temporary stay
(intransitive) to stay or reside temporarily
Derived Forms
sojourner, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French sojorner, from Vulgar Latin subdiurnāre (unattested) to spend a day, from Latin sub- during + Late Latin diurnum day
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Word Origin and History for sojourn

late 13c., "stay temporarily, reside for a time; visit;" also "reside permanently, dwell;" from Old French sojorner "stay or dwell for a time," from Vulgar Latin *subdiurnare "to spend the day" (source also of Italian soggiornare), from Latin sub- "under, until" (see sub-) + diurnare "to last long," from diurnus "of a day," from diurnum "day" (see diurnal). Modern French séjourner formed via vowel dissimilation. Related: Sojourned; sojourning.


mid-13c., "temporary stay, visit," from Anglo-French sojorn, variant of Old French sejorn, from sejorner "stay or dwell for a time" (see sojourn (v.)).

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