- A trip or tour, especially:
a. One taken by an official at public expense.
b. One taken by a person who is the guest of a business or agency seeking favor or patronage.
- A party, banquet, or outing.
- A dessert made from flavored milk and rennet.
intransitive verbjun·ket·ed, jun·ket·ing, jun·kets
To go on a junket.
Origin of junket
Middle English jonket rush basket, preparation of cream or milk served on rushes, feast
modern French dialectal (Normandy) jonquette a kind of dessert made with boiled milk and
French jonchée container made of rushes for draining soft cheeses, soft cheese made in such a container all ultimately from
Latin iuncus rush
; see jonquil
Related Forms:Word History:
In medieval times, soft cheeses and similar foods made from milk and cream were prepared in baskets or on mats woven from grasslike plants called rushes. These baskets or mats would have allowed excess liquid to drain away while protecting the mass of coagulated milk or cream from breaking apart. Junket
originally meant “rush basket, especially one for carrying fish,” and is ultimately derived from the Latin word junca,
“rush.” Since delicate dishes of cream or milk could be served in these rush baskets or on these mats, junket
became the name for the dishes themselves. By the early 1500s, the word had come to refer to an occasion at which a junket might be served—a banquet, feast, or bout of merrymaking in general. Then, during the 1800s in the United States, it developed the meaning “picnic, pleasure excursion with eating and drinking.” Americans began to use the word junket
especially of trips taken by officials at public expense, ostensibly for fact-finding or diplomatic purposes but really just for the officials' own enjoyment. Junket
also came to refer to trips taken by politicians or other influential persons as guests of a business or organization seeking favors—a bribe in the form of cruise tickets.
- A type of cream cheese, originally made in a rush basket; later, a food made of sweetened curds or rennet.
- A feast or banquet.
- A pleasure-trip; a journey made for feasting or enjoyment, now especially a trip made ostensibly for business but which entails merrymaking or entertainment.
- (gaming) 20-40 table gaming rooms for which the capacity and limits change daily. Junket rooms are often rented out to private vendors who run tour groups through them and give a portion of the proceeds to the main casino.
(third-person singular simple present junkets, present participle junketing or junketting, simple past and past participle junketed or junketted)
- To go on or attend a junket.