American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reside temporarily. See Synonyms at stay1.
- n. A temporary stay; a brief period of residence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dwell for a time; dwell or live in a place as a temporary resident, or as a stranger, not considering the place as a permanent habitation.
- Synonyms Abide, Sojourn, Continue, etc. see abide.
- n. A temporary stay or residence, as that of a traveler.
- n. A place of temporary stay or abode.
- n. A short stay somewhere.
- n. A temporary residence.
- v. intransitive To reside somewhere temporarily, especially as a guest or lodger.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To dwell for a time; to dwell or live in a place as a temporary resident or as a stranger, not considering the place as a permanent habitation; to delay; to tarry.
- n. A temporary residence, as that of a traveler in a foreign land.
- n. a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)
- v. spend a certain length of time; reside temporarily
- Old French sojor, sojorner (modern séjour, séjourner), from (assumed) Vulgar Latin *subdiurnāre, from Latin sub- ("under, a little over") + Late Latin diurnus ("lasting for a day"), from Latin dies ("day"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sojournen, from Old French sojorner, from Vulgar Latin *subdiurnāre : Latin sub-, sub- + Late Latin diurnum, day (from Latin, daily ration, from neuter of diurnus, daily, from diēs, day; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Nine years after my Elgin sojourn, I am standing in the balcony of the City Center near Times Square watching what I thought to be a group of aliens emanating from another dimension.”
“Drill baby Drill was being chanted today after taking a brief sojourn from the campaign trail and I noticed this weekend that gas prices have dropped over a dollar nation wide.”
“Though Mr. Venkatesh did draw on his experiences in his dissertation, and in several much-discussed academic papers, the final result of his sojourn is Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets (Penguin Press, 320 pages, $25.95).”
“ENDICOTT, N.Y. Jason Bohn's sojourn is finally over.”
“Enjoy your sojourn from the Welsh political scene, and do come back when they get rid of Peter Hain's jerry-mandering joke of an electoral system!”
“When Michigan State cornerback Amp Campbell walks on the field Thursday night to play Oregon, his sojourn from the football field to career-threatening injury to the classroom and back to the football field will come full circle.”
“When NS&I launched its bond just four months ago I was reassured by officials that this was not a short-term sojourn into the market, and that they anticipated the bond being available for a sustained period.”
“Orwell’s Spanish sojourn is a significant episode in both the literary history of the English language and in global intellectual history.”
“Just call our sojourn: "If it's Friday, it must be Ithaca.”
“From this you might suppose that my sojourn was a continuous orgy; not at all.”
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