- 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 sojourning
For here it is only a sojourning, where we cannot tarry, but must travel further.
I have a daughter, Mr. Atlee, and at present sojourning in your own country.Lord Kilgobbin
One thing had helped this old man in all his travels and sojourning.Northern Lights
The thought of sojourning in town for a spell was not unpleasant to Bob Pierson.Saint's Progress
It took place in Tennessee, where I was for a while sojourning.The Hunters' Feast
- a temporary stay
- (intr) to stay or reside temporarily
Word Origin and History for sojourning
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.)).