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[noun soh-jurn; verb soh-jurn, soh-jurn] /noun ˈsoʊ dʒɜrn; verb ˈsoʊ dʒɜrn, soʊˈdʒɜrn/
a temporary stay:
during his sojourn in Paris.
verb (used without object)
to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily:
to sojourn on the Riviera for two months.
Origin of sojourn
1200-50; (v.) Middle English sojurnen < Old French sojorner to rest, stay < Vulgar Latin *subdiurnāre, equivalent to Latin sub- sub- + diurn(us) of a day + -āre infinitive suffix; (noun) Middle English sojurne < Old French sojorn, derivative of the v.; see journey
Related forms
sojourner, noun
2. visit, vacation, rest, stop. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sojourning
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  • He never forgets that he is there as a stranger, sojourning for a while, belonging to and representing a foreign country.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • One thing had helped this old man in all his travels and sojourning.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • Sometimes only Mrs. Verrall would be sojourning at it; her husband away: indeed, their residence there was most irregular.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I have a daughter, Mr. Atlee, and at present sojourning in your own country.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Certainly the wild ones went home tame enough, after sojourning for a few months beneath her hospitable roof.

    Dickens As an Educator James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
  • Oliver had been sojourning at the undertaker's some three weeks or a month.

    Oliver Twist, Illustrated Charles Dickens
  • As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land; but the fame that comes after is oblivion.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • Men have forgotten that this world is but an inn, a sojourning place for a few hours.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • He was sojourning at Mrs. Crocket's, and had been there for the last two days.

    He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope
  • Well, the man, if not his mine, may be sojourning in our bally.

    Scarlett of the Mounted Marguerite Merington
British Dictionary definitions for sojourning


/ˈsɒdʒɜːn; ˈsʌdʒ-/
a temporary stay
(intransitive) to stay or reside temporarily
Derived Forms
sojourner, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French sojorner, from Vulgar Latin subdiurnāre (unattested) to spend a day, from Latin sub- during + Late Latin diurnum day
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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.)).



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.)).

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