yacht

[ yot ]
/ yɒt /

noun

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 forms

yacht·y, adjectivesu·per·yacht, noun

Can be confused

barge boat canoe cruise ship sailboat ship yacht
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yacht

/ (jɒt) /

noun

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

verb

(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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