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[juhng-kit] /ˈdʒʌŋ kɪt/
a sweet, custardlike food of flavored milk curdled with rennet.
a pleasure excursion, as a picnic or outing.
a trip, as by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.
verb (used without object)
to go on a junket.
verb (used with object)
to entertain; feast; regale.
Origin of junket
1350-1400; Middle English jonket < Old French (dial.) jonquette rush basket, equivalent to jonc (< Latin juncus reed) + -ette -ette
Related forms
junketer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for junket
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  • They'd come on this junket partly to get away from their troubles and their wives.

    Attention Saint Patrick William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • There were cakes of all varieties; there was clotted cream; and of course there was junket.

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • Marriage is like the rennet you put into the junket—it turns it!

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • Stir the junket tablet in the cold water till it melts, and add this.

    The Fun of Cooking Caroline French Benton
  • When somebody wanted junket, he had made no fuss, he had just helped them to junket.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for junket


an excursion, esp one made for pleasure at public expense by a public official or committee
a sweet dessert made of flavoured milk set to a curd with rennet
a feast or festive occasion
(intransitive) (of a public official, committee, etc) to go on a junket
to have or entertain with a feast or festive gathering
Derived Forms
junketer, junketter, junketeer, noun
junketing, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: rush basket, hence custard served on rushes): from Old French (dialect) jonquette, from jonc rush, from Latin juncus reed
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Word Origin and History for junket

late 14c., "basket in which fish are caught or carried," from Medieval Latin iuncata "rush basket," perhaps from Latin iuncus "rush." Shifted meaning by 1520s to "feast, banquet," probably via notion of a picnic basket, which led to extended sense of "pleasure trip" (1814), and then to "tour by government official at public expense for no discernable public benefit" (by 1886, American English). Cf. Italian cognate giuncata "cream cheese" (originally made in a rush basket), a sense of junket also found in Middle English and preserved lately in dialects.

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Slang definitions & phrases for junket



A tour undertaken by a government official at public expense and often for no public benefit: An agricultural junket through nine European countries (1886+)


: junketed like contemporary tourists

[fr junket, ''feast; merrymaking,'' found by 1530 and of obscure origin; the verb is found by 1821, meaning ''take a pleasure trip,'' without the US political sense]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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