from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels, generally with smart graceful lines, used for pleasure cruises or racing.
- intransitive v. To sail, cruise, or race in a yacht.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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 (Wikipedia).
- n. Any vessel used for private, noncommercial purposes.
- v. To sail, voyage, or race in a yacht.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A light and elegantly furnished vessel, used either for private parties of pleasure, or as a vessel of state to convey distinguished persons from one place to another; a seagoing vessel used only for pleasure trips, racing, etc.
- intransitive v. To manage a yacht; to voyage in a yacht.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel propelled either by sails or by steam, most often light or comparatively small, but sometimes of large size, used for pleasure-trips or for racing, or as a vessel of state to convey persons of distinction by water.
- To sail or cruise in a yacht.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing
- v. travel in a yacht
Probably obsolete Norwegian jagt, from Middle Low German jacht, short for jachtschip : jagen, to chase (from Old High German jagōn) + schip, ship.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ca. 1557; variant of yaught, earlier yeaghe ("light, fast-sailing ship"), from obsolete Dutch jaght(e) ("hunt") (modern jacht), 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 *jagōnan (cf. West Frisian jeie, German jagen, Swedish jaga), from Proto-Indo-European *yegʰo- (compare Irish éad ("jealousy"), Russian ярый (âryj, "furious"), Albanian gjah ("hunt"), Ancient Greek ζητέω (zētéō, "to search, seek"), Sanskrit यवन (yāvana, "barbarian; agressor"), यत्न (yātna, "zeal")). (Wiktionary)