- a temporary stay: during his sojourn in Paris.
- to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily: to sojourn on the Riviera for two months.
Origin of sojourn
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Examples from the Web for sojourn
It is doubtless this sojourn that accounts for her ability to sing in French.Meet the Future Mrs. Benedict Cumberbatch
November 5, 2014
Thus the pope, who has insisted that his sojourn in the Holy Land is “purely a religious” visit, will confront a delicate dilemma.Pope Francis’s Sister Souljah Moment?
May 23, 2014
That final jibe is a reference to Bennett's wife's success as a pastry chef during the couple's sojourn in New York a decade ago.Why Israel is Turning Right
January 17, 2013
After just a year in India, her sojourn seems to have paid off handsomely.Afghan Actress Gihana Khan Braves Bollywood
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
December 27, 2012
The sojourn in Tel Aviv allowed Ajrami to understand Israel—something that he retained after he returned to Gaza.Translating Two Bitter Enemies in Gaza
Sarah A. Topol
November 24, 2012
I have been greatly benefited by my sojourn in this lovely spot.Quaint Courtships
All good Americans, we are told, relegate the sojourn to a more distant future.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Now came the narrative of Bernadette's sojourn at Nevers, and then her death there.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
So it is not at all surprising that he should be talked about now, when that sojourn was ended.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
Wish I had a set of false whiskers to wear during my sojourn.Mixed Faces
- a temporary stay
- (intr) to stay or reside temporarily
Word Origin and History for sojourn
late 13c., "stay temporarily, reside for a time; visit;" also "reside permanently, dwell;" from Old French sojorner "stay or dwell for a time," from Vulgar Latin *subdiurnare "to spend the day" (source also of Italian soggiornare), from Latin sub- "under, until" (see sub-) + diurnare "to last long," from diurnus "of a day," from diurnum "day" (see diurnal). Modern French séjourner formed via vowel dissimilation. Related: Sojourned; sojourning.
mid-13c., "temporary stay, visit," from Anglo-French sojorn, variant of Old French sejorn, from sejorner "stay or dwell for a time" (see sojourn (v.)).