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From Middle English journe, from Old French jornee, from Vulgar Latin *diurnāta, from Late Latin diurnum, from Latin diurnus, from diēs (day). Displaced native Old English fær and Old English faru.



journey (plural journeys)

  1. A set amount of travelling, seen as a single unit; a discrete trip, a voyage.
    The journey to London takes two hours by train.
  2. (figurative) Any process or progression likened to a journey, especially one that involves difficulties or personal development.
    the journey to political freedom
    my journey of dealing with grief
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, archived from the original on 27 April 2017, page 171:
      Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work.
    • 2023 December 27, Richard Foster, “New rail freight terminal leads the way”, in RAIL, number 999, page 39:
      That progress has taken over ten years and £20 million to bring to fruition. But, as Mands explains, the journey has been one that HSG has been almost obligated to undertake. "First and foremost, this is an environmental project," she says.
  3. (obsolete) A day.
  4. (obsolete) A day's travelling; the distance travelled in a day.
  5. (obsolete) A day's work.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “vij”, in Le Morte Darthur, book VI:
      But whan ye haue done that Iourney ye shal promyse me as ye are a true knyght for to go with me and to helpe me / and other damoysels that are distressid dayly with a fals knyghte / All your entente damoysel and desyre I wylle fulfylle / soo ye wyl brynge me vnto this knyghte
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  6. The weight of finished coins delivered at one time to the Master of the Mint.
  7. (collective, colloquial) A group of giraffes.


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journey (third-person singular simple present journeys, present participle journeying, simple past and past participle journeyed)

  1. To travel, to make a trip or voyage.
    • 1951 June, “British Railways Summer Services”, in Railway Magazine, page 419:
      The arrangement for certain long-distance trains to call at suburban stations (saving passengers the trouble of journeying to the termini), which proved popular last year, is being extended.



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  1. Alternative form of journe