verb (used with object)
  1. to suspend the meeting of (a club, legislature, committee, etc.) to a future time, another place, or indefinitely: to adjourn the court.
  2. to defer or postpone to a later time: They adjourned the meeting until the following Monday.
  3. to defer or postpone (a matter) to a future meeting of the same body.
  4. to defer or postpone (a matter) to some future time, either specified or not specified.
verb (used without object)
  1. to postpone, suspend, or transfer proceedings.
  2. to go to another place: to adjourn to the parlor.

Origin of adjourn

1300–50; Middle English ajo(u)rnen < Middle French ajo(u)rner, equivalent to a- ad- + jorn- < Latin diurnus daily; see journal, journey
Related formspre·ad·journ, verbre·ad·journ, verbun·ad·journed, adjective
Can be confusedadjoin adjourn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of adjourned

Historical Examples of adjourned

  • After the meal they all adjourned to the veranda, where the air was cool and the view extensive.

  • The club then adjourned to the outside, all except those who sat on the bench.

  • So they adjourned to the rear of the little squatty structure.

  • After this they all adjourned to the directors' room, and in a few minutes the others were present.

  • Any but these men of iron would have adjourned for thanks and congratulations.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for adjourned


  1. (intr) (of a court, etc) to close at the end of a session
  2. to postpone or be postponed, esp temporarily or to another place
  3. (tr) to put off (a problem, discussion, etc) for later consideration; defer
  4. (intr) informal
    1. to move elsewherelet's adjourn to the kitchen
    2. to stop work
Derived Formsadjournment, noun

Word Origin for adjourn

C14: from Old French ajourner to defer to an arranged day, from a- to + jour day, from Late Latin diurnum, from Latin diurnus daily, from diēs day
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Word Origin and History for adjourned



early 14c., ajournen, "assign a day" (for convening or reconvening), from Old French ajourner (12c.) "meet" (at an appointed time), from the phrase à jorn "to a stated day" (à "to" + journ "day," from Latin diurnus "daily;" see diurnal).

The sense is to set a date for a re-meeting. Meaning "to close a meeting" (with or without intention to reconvene) is from early 15c. Meaning "to go in a body to another place" (1640s) is colloquial. The unhistorical -d- was added 16c. Related: Adjourned; adjourning.

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