sojourn

[noun soh-jurn; verb soh-jurn, soh-jurn]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily: to sojourn on the Riviera for two months.

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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sojourn

noun
  1. a temporary stay
verb
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for sojourner
n.

"temporary resident," 15c., agent noun from sojourn (v.).

sojourn

v.

late 13c., "stay temporarily, reside for a time; visit;" also "reside permanently, dwell;" from Old French sojorner "stay or dwell for a time," from Vulgar Latin *subdiurnare "to spend the day" (source also of Italian soggiornare), from Latin sub- "under, until" (see sub-) + diurnare "to last long," from diurnus "of a day," from diurnum "day" (see diurnal). Modern French séjourner formed via vowel dissimilation. Related: Sojourned; sojourning.

sojourn

n.

mid-13c., "temporary stay, visit," from Anglo-French sojorn, variant of Old French sejorn, from sejorner "stay or dwell for a time" (see sojourn (v.)).

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