[ noun soh-jurn; verb soh-jurn, soh-jurn ]
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  1. a temporary stay: during his sojourn in Paris.

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

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English verb sojurnen, Old French sojorner “to rest, stay,” from unattested Vulgar Latin subdiurnāre “to stay for a time,” a compound of the preposition and prefix sub, sub-, here meaning “a little, for a while” and the Latin verb diurnāre “to live for a long time,” a derivative of the Latin adjective diurnus “belonging to the daytime, occurring every day”; noun derivative of the verb; see journey

Other words for sojourn

Other words from sojourn

  • so·journ·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sojourn in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sojourn


/ (ˈsɒdʒɜːn, ˈsʌdʒ-) /

  1. a temporary stay

  1. (intr) to stay or reside temporarily

Origin of sojourn

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

Derived forms of sojourn

  • sojourner, noun

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