sojourn

[ noun soh-jurn; verb soh-jurn, soh-jurn ]
/ noun ˈsoʊ dʒɜrn; verb ˈsoʊ dʒɜrn, soʊˈdʒɜrn /

noun

a temporary stay: during his sojourn in Paris.

verb (used without object)

to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily: to sojourn on the Riviera for two months.

Nearby words

  1. soiling,
  2. soilure,
  3. soiree,
  4. soissons,
  5. soixante-neuf,
  6. sojourner,
  7. sojourner truth,
  8. soke,
  9. sokeman,
  10. sokemanry

Origin of sojourn

1200–50; (v.) Middle English sojurnen < Old French sojorner to rest, stay < Vulgar Latin *subdiurnāre, equivalent to Latin sub- sub- + diurn(us) of a day + -āre infinitive suffix; (noun) Middle English sojurne < Old French sojorn, derivative of the v.; see journey

Related formsso·journ·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sojourn

sojourn

/ (ˈsɒdʒɜːn, ˈsʌdʒ-) /

noun

a temporary stay

verb

(intr) to stay or reside temporarily
Derived Formssojourner, noun

Word Origin for sojourn

C13: from Old French sojorner, from Vulgar Latin subdiurnāre (unattested) to spend a day, from Latin sub- during + Late Latin diurnum day

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