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journey

[jur-nee]
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

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

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Examples from the Web for journeying

Historical Examples

  • There seemed to be neither plan nor regularity to their journeying.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • They were journeying over the country, from cottage to cottage, visiting the people.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • But I must go forward now, as much depends upon my journeying.

  • What was the use of journeying to a land of doubt and rebellion?

  • They will then visit the ruins and resume their journeying to Egypt.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani


British Dictionary definitions for journeying

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

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 journeying

journey

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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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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