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voyage

[voi-ij]
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noun
  1. a course of travel or passage, especially a long journey by water to a distant place.
  2. a passage through air or space, as a flight in an airplane or space vehicle.
  3. a journey or expedition from one place to another by land.
  4. Often voyages. journeys or travels as the subject of a written account, or the account itself: the voyages of Marco Polo.
  5. Obsolete. an enterprise or undertaking.
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verb (used without object), voy·aged, voy·ag·ing.
  1. to make or take a voyage; travel; journey.
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verb (used with object), voy·aged, voy·ag·ing.
  1. to traverse by a voyage: to voyage the seven seas.
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Origin of voyage

1250–1300; Middle English ve(i)age, viage, voyage < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin viāticum travel-money; see viaticum
Related formsvoy·ag·er, nounout·voy·age, verb (used with object), out·voy·aged, out·voy·ag·ing.re·voy·age, noun, verb, re·voy·aged, re·voy·ag·ing.un·voy·ag·ing, adjective
Can be confusedvoyager voyageur

Synonyms

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1. cruise. See trip1.
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Related Words

excursionjunketswingtravelsailtrekpassagetourjaunthopcruisecrossingtripboatingweekendovernight

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  • My reason for concealment was, that I might surprise you at the end of this voyage.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The voyage was more than half completed, and nothing of importance had occurred to mark it.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Unless you do as I bid you, I will keep you in irons for the rest of the voyage!

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Leaving the two to pursue their voyage home, we return to Captain Haley.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I want you to take this money, and take care of it, while I am gone on my present voyage.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for voyage

voyage

noun
  1. a journey, travel, or passage, esp one to a distant land or by sea or air
  2. obsolete an ambitious project
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verb
  1. to travel over or traverse (something)we will voyage to Africa
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Derived Formsvoyager, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French veiage, from Latin viāticum provision for travelling, from viāticus concerning a journey, from via a way
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Word Origin and History for voyage

n.

c.1300, from Old French veiage "travel, journey," from Late Latin viaticum "a journey" (in classical Latin "provisions for a journey"), noun use of neuter of viaticus "of or for a journey," from via "road, journey, travel."

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v.

late 15c., from voyage (n.). Related: Voyaged; voyaging.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with voyage

voyage

see maiden voyage.

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