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[jur-nee] /ˈdʒɜr ni/
noun, plural journeys.
a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time; trip:
a six-day journey across the desert.
a distance, course, or area traveled or suitable for traveling:
a desert journey.
a period of travel:
a week's journey.
passage or progress from one stage to another:
the journey to success.
verb (used without object), journeyed, journeying.
to make a journey; travel.
Origin of journey
1175-1225; Middle English journee day < Old French < Vulgar Latin *diurnāta a day's time, day's work, etc., equivalent to Latin diurn(us) daily + -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1; see -ade1
Related forms
journeyer, noun
outjourney, verb (used with object), outjourneyed, outjourneying.
1. excursion, jaunt, tour. See trip1 . 5. roam, rove; peregrinate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for journeying
Historical Examples
  • But to whatever shrine these pilgrims were journeying, their errand should have made them sacrosanct to all Jews.

  • Is it a thing to be found in one city, which man can escape by journeying to another?

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • A man, journeying home after visiting the shrine, was belated at Rochester.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
  • They were journeying south, and had purchased a small supply of food from the caravan.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • After the wide and lonely extent of plains that we had been journeying over, our camp among the trees seemed a cosy shelter.

  • I am journeying from Shanghai to Ningpo, by way of Hang-chau.

    A Retrospect James Hudson Taylor
  • Meanwhile, journeying through this age-old land, a snatch of verse goes running through my head.

    Polly the Pagan Isabel Anderson
  • There seemed to be neither plan nor regularity to their journeying.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • She gazes at it still; she thinks of one that loves her, who is journeying far from the fatherland.

    The Headsman James Fenimore Cooper
  • They were journeying over the country, from cottage to cottage, visiting the people.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
British Dictionary definitions for journeying


a travelling from one place to another; trip or voyage
  1. the distance travelled in a journey
  2. the time taken to make a journey
(intransitive) to make a journey
Derived Forms
journeyer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French journee a day, a day's travelling, from Latin diurnum day's portion; see diurnal
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Word Origin and History for journeying



mid-14c., "travel from one place to another," from Anglo-French journeyer, Old French journoier, from journee (see journey (n.)). Related: Journeyed; journeying.



c.1200, "a defined course of traveling; one's path in life," from Old French journee "day's work or travel" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin diurnum "day," noun use of neuter of Latin diurnus "of one day" (see diurnal). Meaning "act of traveling by land or sea" is c.1300. In Middle English it also meant "a day" (c.1400); a day's work (mid-14c.); "distance traveled in one day" (mid-13c.), and as recently as Johnson (1755) the primary sense was still "the travel of a day."


mid-14c., "travel from one place to another," from Anglo-French journeyer, Old French journoier, from journee (see journey (n.)). Related: Journeyed; journeying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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