Circa 1557; variant of yaught, earlier yeaghe (“light, fast-sailing ship”), from Dutch jacht (“yacht; hunt”), in older spelling jaght(e), short for jaghtschip (“light sailing vessel, fast pirate ship”, literally “pursuit ship”), compound of jacht and schip (“ship”).
In the 16th century the Dutch built light, fast ships to chase the ships of pirates and smugglers from the coast. The ship was introduced to England in 1660 when the Dutch East India Company presented one to King Charles II, who used it as a pleasure boat, after which it was copied by British shipbuilders as a pleasure craft for wealthy gentlemen.
- (UK) IPA(key): /jɒt/, enPR: yŏt
- Rhymes: -ɒt
Audio (UK) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /jɑːt/, /jɑt/, enPR: yät
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɑːt
yacht (plural yachts)
- A slick and light ship for making pleasure trips or racing on water, having sails but often motor-powered. At times used as a residence offshore on a dock.
- Would you like to go sailing on my uncle’s yacht?
- You are a true yachtsman! Are you a member of the local yacht club?
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter X, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- The skipper Mr. Cooke had hired at Far Harbor was a God-fearing man with a luke warm interest in his new billet and employer, and had only been prevailed upon to take charge of the yacht after the offer of an emolument equal to half a year's sea pay of an ensign in the navy.
- Any vessel used for private, noncommercial purposes.
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter VI, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
- “I don’t mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, […], the chlorotic squatters on huge yachts, […], the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosis, the jewelled animals whose moral code is the code of the barnyard—!"
yacht (third-person singular simple present yachts, present participle yachting, simple past and past participle yachted)
- (intransitive) To sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.
Borrowed from English yacht, from Dutch jacht.
yacht m (plural yachts)
- “yacht”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
Unadapted borrowing from English yacht.
yacht m (invariable)
- the letter Y in the Italian spelling alphabet
- ^ yacht in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)
- yacht in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
yacht ? (plural yachts)
From Dutch jacht, via English yacht.
yacht m (definite singular yachten, indefinite plural yachter, definite plural yachtene)
- a yacht
- “yacht” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
From Dutch jacht, via English yacht.
yacht m (definite singular yachten, indefinite plural yachtar, definite plural yachtane)
- a yacht
- “yacht” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
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