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

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English journee “day,” from Old French, from unattested Vulgar Latin diurnāta “a day's time, day's work, etc.,” equivalent to Latin diurn(us) “daily” + -āta, feminine of -ātus-ate1; see -ade1

synonym study for journey

1. See trip1.


jour·ney·er, nounoutjourney, verb (used with object), out·jour·neyed, out·jour·ney·ing.
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What does journey mean?

A journey is a trip, especially one to a faraway place that takes place over a long period of time.

The word trip can refer to any instance of traveling from one place to another, no matter how long or short it is. The word journey, though, typically implies a long trip—one that’s at least several hours, and perhaps several months or even years. It also often implies adventure—a journey might even be a quest. A journey may or may not have a planned destination other than whatever lies ahead.

The word is also commonly used in a figurative way to liken any lengthy process or progress to such a trip, as in Life is a journey, with many interesting detours. 

Journey can also be used as a verb meaning to make a long trip, as in We must journey to the land beyond the mountains.

Example: My favorite books are about people who make epic journeys around the world.

Where does journey come from?

The first records of the word journey come from around the 1200s. It comes from the Middle English word journee, meaning “day,” ultimately from unattested Vulgar Latin diurnāta, meaning “a day’s time” or “a day’s work.” In English, the meaning of the word journey originally meant something like “a day’s travel,” but eventually came to mean “a long trip.”

A journey can last a day but the word usually refers to longer trips. The word is sometimes preceded with the mode of transportation that’s used, as in The city is reachable only by a long train journey. Discussion of journeys often involves their destination or purpose. When people say, “It’s the journey, not the destination,” they mean that the significance and value of a journey is what happens along the way, from moment to moment, as opposed to the achievement of its ultimate goal.

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What are some other forms related to journey?

  • journeyer (noun)
  • outjourney (verb)

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How is journey used in real life?

Journey is very commonly used in a figurative way.


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Which of the following words is a synonym of journey?

A. voyage
B. trip
C. trek
D. all of the above

How to use journey in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for journey

/ (ˈdʒɜːnɪ) /

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
(intr) to make a journey

Derived forms of journey

journeyer, 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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