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[voi-ij] /ˈvɔɪ ɪdʒ/
a course of travel or passage, especially a long journey by water to a distant place.
a passage through air or space, as a flight in an airplane or space vehicle.
a journey or expedition from one place to another by land.
Often, voyages. journeys or travels as the subject of a written account, or the account itself:
the voyages of Marco Polo.
Obsolete. an enterprise or undertaking.
verb (used without object), voyaged, voyaging.
to make or take a voyage; travel; journey.
verb (used with object), voyaged, voyaging.
to traverse by a voyage:
to voyage the seven seas.
Origin of voyage
1250-1300; Middle English ve(i)age, viage, voyage < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin viāticum travel-money; see viaticum
Related forms
voyager, noun
outvoyage, verb (used with object), outvoyaged, outvoyaging.
revoyage, noun, verb, revoyaged, revoyaging.
unvoyaging, adjective
Can be confused
voyager, voyageur.
1. cruise. See trip1 . Unabridged
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  • There is something wonderfully strengthening, something renovating in this life, this voyaging, this fresh wind.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • He knew nothing of the great river on which they were voyaging.

  • But they knew that they were close bound in sympathy just then, voyaging towards a common future.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • I have alluded to the distresses of winter voyaging to Skye.

  • Some, of Mycenæ, who had sacked Troy; some, pirates he had got in his voyaging; all good fighters!

    Andromache Gilbert Murray
  • It looks as though the Falcon had reached the end of her voyaging at last.

    Darry the Life Saver Frank V. Webster
  • She was engaged in the African trade, voyaging between the African ports and Liverpool.

  • The loss of the Jean on Ealan Dubh had sundered him for ever from his life of voyaging.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • Efforts of the Ministry of Shipping to evolve an order in our voyaging that would reduce irregularities had good results.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • Into such a world his father might be voyaging, for all resemblance it had to the world he had left.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for voyaging


a journey, travel, or passage, esp one to a distant land or by sea or air
(obsolete) an ambitious project
to travel over or traverse (something): we will voyage to Africa
Derived Forms
voyager, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French veiage, from Latin viāticum provision for travelling, from viāticus concerning a journey, from via a way
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Word Origin and History for voyaging



late 15c., from voyage (n.). Related: Voyaged; voyaging.



c.1300, from Old French veiage "travel, journey," from Late Latin viaticum "a journey" (in classical Latin "provisions for a journey"), noun use of neuter of viaticus "of or for a journey," from via "road, journey, travel."


late 15c., from voyage (n.). Related: Voyaged; voyaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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