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yacht

[yot] /yɒt/
noun
1.
a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes.
verb (used without object)
2.
to sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.
Origin
early Dutch
1550-1560
1550-60; < early Dutch jaght, short for jaghtschip hunting ship, equivalent to Dutch jacht hunt (derivative of jagen to hunt) + schip ship1
Related forms
yachty, adjective
superyacht, noun
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yacht

/jɒt/
noun
1.
a vessel propelled by sail or power, used esp for pleasure cruising, racing, etc
2.
short for sand yacht, ice yacht
verb
3.
(intransitive) to sail or cruise in a yacht
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete Dutch jaghte, short for jahtschip, from jagen to chase + schipship
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Word Origin and History for superyacht

yacht

n.

1550s, yeaghe "a light, fast-sailing ship," probably from Norwegian jaght, from Middle Low German jacht, shortened form of jachtschip "fast pirate ship," literally "ship for chasing," from jacht "chase," from jagen "to chase, hunt," from Old High German jagon, from Proto-Germanic *jagojanan.

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