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[yot] /yɒt/
a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes.
verb (used without object)
to sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.
Origin of yacht
early Dutch
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
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • From the yacht I got hatchets and machetes and we set to work.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • I came through last June, you know, after I left your yacht at Newport.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Would it be convenient for you to go aboard the yacht this afternoon?

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • She saw me in the yacht, only once; she knew me; she was afraid.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • It was no easy thing to hold the yacht on its course, even with no sail to drive it up to windward.

    The Rival Campers Ruel Perley Smith
British Dictionary definitions for yacht


a vessel propelled by sail or power, used esp for pleasure cruising, racing, etc
short for sand yacht, ice yacht
(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 yacht

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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