[ juhng-kit ]
/ ˈdʒʌŋ kɪt /


a sweet, custardlike food of flavored milk curdled with rennet.
a pleasure excursion, as a picnic or outing.
a trip, as by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.

verb (used without object)

to go on a junket.

verb (used with object)

to entertain; feast; regale.


Nearby words

  1. junk shot,
  2. junker,
  3. junkerdom,
  4. junkerism,
  5. junkers,
  6. junketeer,
  7. junkie,
  8. junkman,
  9. junky,
  10. junkyard

Origin of junket

1350–1400; Middle English jonket < Old French (dial.) jonquette rush basket, equivalent to jonc (< Latin juncus reed) + -ette -ette

Related formsjun·ket·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for junket


/ (ˈdʒʌŋkɪt) /


an excursion, esp one made for pleasure at public expense by a public official or committee
a sweet dessert made of flavoured milk set to a curd with rennet
a feast or festive occasion


(intr) (of a public official, committee, etc) to go on a junket
to have or entertain with a feast or festive gathering
Derived Formsjunketer, junketter or junketeer, nounjunketing, noun

Word Origin for junket

C14 (in the sense: rush basket, hence custard served on rushes): from Old French (dialect) jonquette, from jonc rush, from Latin juncus reed

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Word Origin and History for junket



late 14c., "basket in which fish are caught or carried," from Medieval Latin iuncata "rush basket," perhaps from Latin iuncus "rush." Shifted meaning by 1520s to "feast, banquet," probably via notion of a picnic basket, which led to extended sense of "pleasure trip" (1814), and then to "tour by government official at public expense for no discernable public benefit" (by 1886, American English). Cf. Italian cognate giuncata "cream cheese" (originally made in a rush basket), a sense of junket also found in Middle English and preserved lately in dialects.

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