yacht

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English[edit]

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 yacht on Wikipedia
A yacht

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /jɒt/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /jɑt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒt

Noun[edit]

yacht (plural yachts)

  1. 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?
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 10, in The Celebrity:
      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.
  2. Any vessel used for private, noncommercial purposes.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VI, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      “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—!"

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Verb[edit]

yacht (third-person singular simple present yachts, present participle yachting, simple past and past participle yachted)

  1. (intransitive) To sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English yacht, from Dutch.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

yacht m (plural yachts)

  1. Yacht.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English yacht.

Noun[edit]

yacht m (invariable)

  1. yacht
  2. The letter Y in the Italian phonetic alphabet

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English yacht.

Noun[edit]

yacht ? (plural yachts)

  1. (Jersey) yacht

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch jacht, via English yacht

Noun[edit]

yacht m (definite singular yachten, indefinite plural yachter, definite plural yachtene)

  1. a yacht

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch jacht, via English yacht

Noun[edit]

yacht m (definite singular yachten, indefinite plural yachtar, definite plural yachtane)

  1. a yacht

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English yacht.

Noun[edit]

yacht c

  1. yacht

Declension[edit]

Declension of yacht 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative yacht yachten yachter yachterna
Genitive yachts yachtens yachters yachternas