Yacht meaning

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Any of various relatively small, streamlined sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.
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To sail, cruise, or race in a yacht.
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The definition of a yacht is a medium or large luxury sailboat or ship that is used to cruise around or race.

A medium-sized boat that is used to sail from port to port in the Mediterranean is an example of a yacht.

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To sail or cruise in a yacht.
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(intransitive) To sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.
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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?"

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Any of various relatively small vessels designed primarily for pleasure cruising.
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Any vessel used for private, noncommercial purposes.
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Origin of yacht

  • Probably obsolete Norwegian jagt from Middle Low German jacht short for jachtschip jagen to chase (from Old High German jagōn) schip ship
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Circa 1557; variant of yaught, earlier yeaghe (“light, fast-sailing ship"), from Dutch jacht ("hunt"), in older spelling jaght(e), short for jaghtschip, jageschip (“light sailing vessel, fast pirate ship"), literally, "pursuit ship", compound of jagen (“to hunt, chase") and schip (“ship") (see ship), from Proto-Germanic *jagōnÄ… (cf. West Frisian jeie, German jagen, Swedish jaga), from Proto-Indo-European *yegÊ°o- (compare Irish éad (“jealousy"), Russian ярый (járyj, “furious"), Albanian gjah (“hunt"), Ancient Greek ζητέω (zÄ“téō, “to search, seek"), Sanskrit यवन (yāvana, “barbarian; agressor"), यत्न (yātna, “zeal")).
    From Wiktionary
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary