yacht

yacht

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English

Etymology

Circa 1557; variant of yaught, earlier yeaghe (light, fast-sailing ship), from Dutch jacht (yacht; hunt), in older spelling jaght(e), short for jaghtschip, jageschip (light sailing vessel, fast pirate ship, literally pursuit ship), compounds of respectively jacht or jagen (to hunt, chase) and schip (ship) (see ship), from Proto-Germanic *jagōną (compare West Frisian jeie, German jagen, Swedish jaga), from Proto-Indo-European *yegʰo- (compare Irish éad (jealousy), Russian я́рый (járyj, furious), Albanian gjah (hunt), Ancient Greek ζητέω (zētéō, to search, seek), Sanskrit यवन (yāvana, barbarian; agressor), यत्न (yātna, zeal)).

In the 16th century the Dutch built light, fast ships to chase the ships of pirates and smugglers from the coast. The ship was introduced to England in 1660 when the Dutch East India Company presented one to King Charles II, who used it as a pleasure boat, after which it was copied by British shipbuilders as a pleasure craft for wealthy gentlemen.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /jɒt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /jɑt/
  • Rhymes: -ɒt

Noun

yacht (plural yachts)

  1. A slick and light ship for making pleasure trips or racing on water, having sails but often motor-powered. At times used as a residence offshore on a dock.
  2. Any vessel used for private, noncommercial purposes.
    • “I don’t mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, [], the chlorotic squatters on huge yachts, [], the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosis, the jewelled animals whose moral code is the code of the barnyard—!"

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Verb

yacht (third-person singular simple present yachts, present participle yachting, simple past and past participle yachted)

  1. (intransitive) To sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Cathy, tachy, tachy-

French

Etymology

Borrowed from English yacht, from Dutch.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /jɔt/

Noun

yacht m (plural yachts)

  1. Yacht.

Further reading

  • “yacht” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from English yacht.

Noun

yacht m (invariable)

  1. yacht
  2. The letter Y in the Italian phonetic alphabet

Norman

Etymology

Borrowed from English yacht.

Noun

yacht ? (plural yachts)

  1. (Jersey) yacht

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Dutch jacht, via English yacht

Noun

yacht m (definite singular yachten, indefinite plural yachter, definite plural yachtene)

  1. a yacht

References

  • “yacht” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Dutch jacht, via English yacht

Noun

yacht m (definite singular yachten, indefinite plural yachtar, definite plural yachtane)

  1. a yacht

References

  • “yacht” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Swedish

Etymology

Borrowed from English yacht.

Noun

yacht c

  1. yacht

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