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

  • For here it is only a sojourning, where we cannot tarry, but must travel further.

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    Martin Luther

  • I have a daughter, Mr. Atlee, and at present sojourning in your own country.

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    Charles Lever

  • One thing had helped this old man in all his travels and sojourning.

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  • The thought of sojourning in town for a spell was not unpleasant to Bob Pierson.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • It took place in Tennessee, where I was for a while sojourning.

British Dictionary definitions for sojourning


  1. a temporary stay
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  1. (intr) to stay or reside temporarily
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Derived Formssojourner, noun

Word Origin

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 sojourning



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.

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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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