Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To reside temporarily. See Synonyms at stay1.
  • n. A temporary stay; a brief period of residence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short stay somewhere.
  • n. A temporary residence.
  • v. To reside somewhere temporarily, especially as a guest or lodger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive 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.

from The 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.

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

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

Etymologies

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)
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)

Examples

  • 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.

    Jack Schimmelman: Sankai Juku (studio by the mountain and the sea)

  • 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.

    Sarah Palin and Ted Stevens - Swampland - TIME.com

  • 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).

    A Dealer in the Ivory Tower « Isegoria

  • ENDICOTT, N.Y. Jason Bohn's sojourn is finally over.

    USATODAY.com - Jason Bohn wins B.C. Open in record fashion

  • 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!

    Bag of Nerves

  • 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.

    Campbell makes courageous comeback

  • 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.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Orwell’s Spanish sojourn is a significant episode in both the literary history of the English language and in global intellectual history.

    The Pursuers of Orwell

  • Just call our sojourn: "If it's Friday, it must be Ithaca."

    Starr Gazing: Masterful

  • From this you might suppose that my sojourn was a continuous orgy; not at all.

    Flashman And The Dragon

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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