Definition of Wanderjahr in English:

Wanderjahr

noun

North american
  • A year spent travelling abroad, typically immediately before or after a university or college course.

    • ‘Rigorous and lengthy clinical training replaced the short courses, European Wanderjahre, and apprenticeships of antebellum America.’
    • ‘His stay in Rome then would have been less a Wanderjahr and presumably more akin to a business trip.’
    • ‘After graduating from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., in 1997, Overbeck embarked on a yearlong Wanderjahr throughout Southeast Asia studying the golf course industry with a grant from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.’
    • ‘What he learned and experienced during his adolescence and early manhood could scarcely be described by Goethe's terms Lehrjahre or Wanderjahre.’
    • ‘In 1894-5 during his Wanderjahr in Europe, this young American star was welcomed by the leading mathematically inclined theorists in every country.’
    • ‘His obsession with the Holocaust since boyhood led him to a city that would wake him up, and he likens his self-imposed Wanderjahre to having ‘a bucket of cold water thrown at your face every morning.’’
    • ‘Huxley filled these scientific Wanderjahre with the usual minutiae of technical studies on jellyfishes and grand adventures with the aboriginal peoples of Australia and several Pacific islands.’

Origin

Late 19th century: German, literally wander year.

Pronunciation:

Wanderjahr

/ˈvandəjɑː/