[ yot-ing ]
/ ˈyɒt ɪŋ /


the practice or sport of sailing or voyaging in a yacht.

Nearby words

  1. yacca,
  2. yacht,
  3. yacht chair,
  4. yacht club,
  5. yachtie,
  6. yachtsman,
  7. yachtswoman,
  8. yack,
  9. yackety-yak,
  10. yad

Origin of yachting

First recorded in 1830–40; yacht + -ing1


[ yot ]
/ yɒt /


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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British Dictionary definitions for yachting


/ (ˈjɒtɪŋ) /


  1. the sport or practice of navigating a yacht
  2. (as modifier)yachting clothes


/ (jɒt) /


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 yachting



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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