Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To reside temporarily.
  • noun A temporary stay; a brief period of residence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A temporary stay or residence, as that of a traveler.
  • noun A place of temporary stay or abode.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A temporary residence, as that of a traveler in a foreign land.
  • intransitive verb 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A short stay somewhere.
  • noun A temporary residence.
  • verb intransitive To reside somewhere temporarily, especially as a guest or lodger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)
  • verb spend a certain length of time; reside temporarily

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

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  • Thee I re-visit now with bolder wing,

    Escap't the Stygian Pool, though long detain'd

    In that obscure sojourn ...

    Milton, Paradise Lost III

    December 18, 2006