junket

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v junket partake in a feast or banquet
    • v junket provide a feast or banquet for
    • v junket go on a pleasure trip
    • n junket a trip taken by an official at public expense
    • n junket a journey taken for pleasure "many summer excursions to the shore","it was merely a pleasure trip","after cautious sashays into the field"
    • n junket dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Junket A cheese cake; a sweetmeat; any delicate food. "How Faery Mab the junkets eat.""Victuals varied well in taste,
      And other junkets ."
    • Junket A feast; an entertainment. "A new jaunt or junket every night."
    • Junket A trip made at the expense of an organization of which the traveller is an official, ostensibly to obtain information relevant to one's duties; especially, a trip made by a public official at government expense. The term is sometimes used opprobriously, from a belief that such trips are often taken for private pleasure, and are therefore a waste of public money; as, a congressional junket to a tropical country.
    • v. i Junket To feast; to banquet; to make an entertainment; -- sometimes applied opprobriously to feasting by public officers at the public cost. "Job's children junketed and feasted together often."
    • v. t Junket To give entertainment to; to feast. "The good woman took my lodgings over my head, and was in such a hurry to junket her neighbors."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n junket A basket made of rushes.
    • n junket A long basket for catching fish.
    • n junket Curds mixed with cream, sweetened, and flavored.
    • n junket Hence Any sweetmeat or delicacy.
    • n junket A feast or merrymaking; a convivial entertainment; a picnic.
    • junket To feast; banquet; take part in a convivial entertainment.
    • junket To entertain; feast; regale.
    • n junket Milk artificially coagulated with rennet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Junket jung′ket any sweetmeat or delicacy: curds mixed with cream, sweetened and flavoured: a feast or merrymaking, a picnic, a spree
    • v.i Junket to feast, banquet, take part in a convivial entertainment or spree
    • v.t Junket to feast, regale, entertain:—pr.p. junketing; pa.p. jun′keted
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Formerly also juncate, fr. It. giuncata, cream cheese, made in a wicker or rush basket, fr. L. juncus, a rush. See 2d Junk, and cf. Juncate

Usage

In literature:

To-day the young King junkets with his flatterers, and but rarely thinks of England.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
Uncle Jabez saw no reason for young people "junketing about" and spending so much time in pleasure, as Ruth's friends did.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
From morning to night every day was filled with feasts, junkets, hawking parties, picnics, joustings, and dances.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
They'd come on this junket partly to get away from their troubles and their wives.
"Attention Saint Patrick" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Mr. Pickwick, in fact, merely returned from his agreeable junketting to have this gentleman expelled.
"Pickwickian Studies" by Percy Fitzgerald
They had both hoped that a week's "junketing" with lively companions might bring back the pen's good hour.
"In the Mist of the Mountains" by Ethel Turner
Nor to an occasional junketing at Vauxhall do I ever turn queasy.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
But I notice that the business never interferes with any of your junketings.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
You think this is a junket of the oil-lamp period.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
The people of Norway are a frugal race, and to the older nobles all this feasting and junketing seemed like wild, needless extravagance.
"Tales From Scottish Ballads" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
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In news:

One type of traveler crams business and pleasure trips into single junkets.
In a junket interview with an Israeli reporter, Berg -- whose movie opened to great international ticket sales weeks ago.
That's some ' junket '.
Aqua Buddha dominates debate, Farmer takes a junket , Green quits race edition.
Saddam Regime Financed US Junket .
Hussein Funded Hill Junket to Iraq Before War.
Avoiding Sun-Kissed Tuscany, and Other Tips for the Prudent Junketer .
Com has some comments on the Congressional Junkets to Israel this summer and then discusses a State Department Grant to MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute).
A junket for golfing A-listers, eh.
But the world-leader mode has not worked for President Bush, who always returns from foreign junkets with his dignity barely intact.
House Backs Bill Capping Gov't Spending on Junkets.
Fighter jet opponents see Florida trip as 'junket'.
The leading junkets make billions of dollars from Macau's gambling industry, bringing in over 70 percent of total gambling revenue - which has soared to $33.5 billion, five times that of Las Vegas, from just $1.7 billion in Wan's heyday.
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr poses for a portrait during the "Red Tails" junket Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 in New York.
Journalists break down and frighten the pop star's crew as 'Unapologetic' junket gets real.
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