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journey

[jur-nee]
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noun, plural jour·neys.
  1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time; trip: a six-day journey across the desert.
  2. a distance, course, or area traveled or suitable for traveling: a desert journey.
  3. a period of travel: a week's journey.
  4. passage or progress from one stage to another: the journey to success.
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verb (used without object), jour·neyed, jour·ney·ing.
  1. to make a journey; travel.
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Origin of journey

1175–1225; Middle English journee day < Old French < Vulgar Latin *diurnāta a day's time, day's work, etc., equivalent to Latin diurn(us) daily + -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1; see -ade1
Related formsjour·ney·er, nounout·jour·ney, verb (used with object), out·jour·neyed, out·jour·ney·ing.

Synonyms for journey

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1. excursion, jaunt, tour. See trip1. 5. roam, rove; peregrinate.
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Related Words for journey

campaign, expedition, course, migration, trip, travel, visit, passage, jaunt, pilgrimage, quest, adventure, progress, odyssey, trek, hike, outing, drive, sojourn, tour

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Historical Examples of journey

  • In accordance with the advice of Hippocrates, the journey to Olympia was undertaken.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I doubt me whether the poor old hound will brook the journey.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • He is aged for such a journey, if you came from the Forest since morn.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • He had a large family at home waiting his return from a Western journey.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • In the private car the little party was beginning its own journey Eastward.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for journey

journey

noun
  1. a travelling from one place to another; trip or voyage
    1. the distance travelled in a journey
    2. the time taken to make a journey
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verb
  1. (intr) to make a journey
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Derived Formsjourneyer, noun

Word Origin for journey

C13: from Old French journee a day, a day's travelling, from Latin diurnum day's portion; see diurnal
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Word Origin and History for journey

n.

c.1200, "a defined course of traveling; one's path in life," from Old French journee "day's work or travel" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin diurnum "day," noun use of neuter of Latin diurnus "of one day" (see diurnal). Meaning "act of traveling by land or sea" is c.1300. In Middle English it also meant "a day" (c.1400); a day's work (mid-14c.); "distance traveled in one day" (mid-13c.), and as recently as Johnson (1755) the primary sense was still "the travel of a day."

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v.

mid-14c., "travel from one place to another," from Anglo-French journeyer, Old French journoier, from journee (see journey (n.)). Related: Journeyed; journeying.

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