junket

[ juhng-kit ]
/ ˈdʒʌŋ kɪt /

noun

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.

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Origin of junket

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

Related forms

jun·ket·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for junket

junket

/ (ˈdʒʌŋkɪt) /

noun

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

verb

(intr) (of a public official, committee, etc) to go on a junket
to have or entertain with a feast or festive gathering

Derived Forms

junketer, 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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