Word of the Day
Friday, June 14, 2002

Definitions for sojourn

  1. To stay as a temporary resident; to dwell for a time.
  2. A temporary stay.

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Citations for sojourn
Though he has sojourned in Southwold, wandered in Walberswick, dabbled in Dunwich, ambled through Aldeburgh and blundered through Blythburgh, Smallweed has never set foot in Orford. Smallweed, The Guardian
Yet he is now an accomplished student and speaker of English, a literary editor and television producer, someone who has sojourned in Paris and attended the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. William H. Gass, New York Times
Origin of sojourn
Sojourn comes from Old French sojorner, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin subdiurnare, from Latin sub-, "under, a little over" + Late Latin diurnus, "lasting for a day," from Latin dies, "day."