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Origin of yachting

First recorded in 1830–40; yacht + -ing1


  1. a vessel used for private cruising, racing, or other noncommercial purposes.
verb (used without object)
  1. 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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Contemporary Examples of yachting

Historical Examples of yachting

  • The author and compiler of this work is the editor of "Yachting."


    Leon Luther Pray

  • You say you are going to take her yachting, and that's she's a proud sort.

  • Surely he was a handsome-looking fellow in his yachting suit.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise

    Burt L. Standish

  • "Why, I never knew that yachting could be300 so exciting," says Miss Hampton.

  • Why, no man may know what may go forward in a yachting party.

British Dictionary definitions for yachting


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


  1. a vessel propelled by sail or power, used esp for pleasure cruising, racing, etc
  2. short for sand yacht, ice yacht
  1. (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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