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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Definitions for junket

  1. A trip, usually by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.
  2. A sweet, custardlike food of flavored milk curdled with rennet.
  3. A pleasure excursion, as a picnic or outing.

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Citations for junket
Yeah, well, there's a lot more of them on the operation, fellows in the control room, women too. They all decided to go to California together on a junket. Whooping it up, you know? Patricia Highsmith, Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes
Some lobbyists get together and put up money for a few congresspeople to go to a resort for a winter weekend. The catch is the lobbyists get to go along and talk to them. They usually call it a seminar or a symposium, but basically it's a junket. John Lutz, Final Seconds
Origin of junket
1350-1400
Junket is rooted in the Latin word juncata which meant “rush basket.” It is likely that the basket was associated with the notion of a picnic basket and came to signify a pleasure trip.
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