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[yot-ing] /ˈyɒt ɪŋ/
the practice or sport of sailing or voyaging in a yacht.
Origin of yachting
1830-40; yacht + -ing1


[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.
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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  • We are as a nation extremely fond of yachting, and almost every wealthy man we have possesses a craft of some kind.

  • We were yachting on the Mississippi, and we could not bother with arresting and holding prisoners.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • I pointed out that you loved me and not Random, and that Random was on a yachting cruise, while I was on the spot.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
  • You ain't one of these yachting dudes—you're a skipper, ain't you?

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • From their yachting caps it was evident they had just entered the house through the tunnel from the river landing.

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
  • He is, as well, a good actor, and New London is a yachting port.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • Plenty of money—does not know what to do with it, in fact—tired of yachting, travelling; wants something new.

    Ruth Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • You say you are going to take her yachting, and that's she's a proud sort.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • He left a note for Leonora saying that he had gone off for a week with the Clinton Morleys, yachting.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for yachting


  1. the sport or practice of navigating a yacht
  2. (as modifier): yachting clothes


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 yachting



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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