a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes.

verb (used without object)

to sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.

Origin of yacht

1550–60; < early Dutch jaght, short for jaghtschip hunting ship, equivalent to Dutch jacht hunt (derivative of jagen to hunt) + schip ship1
Related formsyacht·y, adjectivesu·per·yacht, noun
Can be confusedbarge boat canoe cruise ship sailboat ship yacht
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Examples from the Web for yacht

Contemporary Examples of yacht

Historical Examples of yacht

  • I came through last June, you know, after I left your yacht at Newport.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She saw me in the yacht, only once; she knew me; she was afraid.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • I engaged a retired army colonel for a conductor on board my yacht.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • He had sent his car away when he arrived, as it was but a step to the Yacht Club where he slept.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • So the next thing was, he spoke to Tris and hired him to sail his yacht.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

British Dictionary definitions for yacht



a vessel propelled by sail or power, used esp for pleasure cruising, racing, etc


(intr) to sail or cruise in a yacht

Word Origin for yacht

C16: from obsolete Dutch jaghte, short for jahtschip, from jagen to chase + schip ship
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Word Origin and History for yacht

1550s, yeaghe "a light, fast-sailing ship," probably from Norwegian jaght, from Middle Low German jacht, shortened form of jachtschip "fast pirate ship," literally "ship for chasing," from jacht "chase," from jagen "to chase, hunt," from Old High German jagon, from Proto-Germanic *jagojanan.

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