Definition of junket in English:



  • 1mass noun A dish of sweetened and flavoured curds of milk.

    ‘junkets of apple-flavoured cream’
    mass noun ‘her plate of junket’
    • ‘Sometimes the curds and whey were separated and the curds mixed with conventional junket curds, breadcrumbs, and honey to make an ‘eating posset’ that was thick enough to slice.’
    • ‘There is a lobster bisque that explains why no one ever marketed stewed-tomato junket.’
    • ‘But the worst thing, by far the worst thing I have ever tasted was junket.’
    • ‘In addition, as an ingredient in junket, it helps coagulate cheese as well and is considered a thickening agent for many other foods.’
  • 2informal An extravagant trip or celebration, in particular one enjoyed by government officials at public expense.

    ‘the latest row over city council junkets’
    • ‘The cost of Adrienne's wild west junket was $60,000, which no doubt went a long way towards assuaging all that Western alienation you hear so much about.’
    • ‘A full third of the group's members are likely to be living outside of Los Angeles and New York and not in attendance at every relevant junket.’
    • ‘A couple of weeks ago, I was one of many online writers to be invited to be part of the first online movie junket.’
    • ‘In light of that, can she confirm that the actual number of jobs resulting from this junket is likely to be not many, if any?’
    • ‘How can festivals avoid falling into the trap of becoming just another stop along way for the Hollywood press junket?’
    • ‘Six different shows in two days is no junket, especially when you don't know your fellow performers.’
    • ‘I'm happy to say that my over-extended press junket is FINISHED!’
    • ‘The people on the ground in Covington scoffed at George's little junket to Louisiana yesterday.’
    • ‘This moderately paced, often rugged cross-country junket is for experienced backpackers.’
    • ‘At least you will be able to identify who is using your assets and where they are being used privately, as this little junket is costing you, the ratepayers, approximately $34 each.’
    • ‘The way other people rent cars, he chartered the Concorde for a little family junket to Disneyland.’
    • ‘Roughly 70% of casino revenues come from junket operators who bring in high rollers in exchange for a commission on whatever the casino makes on their wagers.’
    • ‘Apparently he wasn't able to bring 300 of his closest friends on his last international junket.’
    • ‘Of all the inconsequential rubbish dreamt up by television executives over the past half-century, this overblown and overrated junket must rank as one of the biggest misuses of licence-payers' money.’
    • ‘Any journalist worth his name should have at some point or the other done his share of spade work to get that coveted junket.’
    • ‘By some good fortune I'm not paying for this junket.’
    • ‘A brave face has to be put on for the first screening of the new film at an all-expenses-paid press junket at a desert hotel, which takes place even though no-one has seen a final print of the movie.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
    celebration, party, jamboree, feast, festivity, revelry
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[no object]often as noun junketing
  • Attend or go on a trip or celebration at public expense.

    ‘your MP's worldwide junketing’
    • ‘Amid the initial focus on junketing and the abuse of expenses, it was one of the first indications of how far the cancer of corruption had spread.’
    • ‘Cochran was out there junketing with the best of them, enjoying an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans, courtesy of lobbyists and executives in the poultry industry.’
    • ‘Mr Hale was suspended by the council in April 1997 in the light of a damning district auditor's report on junketing and expenses abuse which prompted the beginning of a huge police inquiry into wrongdoing.’
    • ‘Mr Burdis explained: ‘One of the things the public couldn't understand is why we didn't prosecute for junketing.’
    • ‘We want it to be about run of the mill people - not junketing.’


Late Middle English: from Old French jonquette ‘rush basket’, from jonc ‘rush’, from Latin juncus. Originally denoting a rush basket, especially one for fish (remaining in dialect use), the term also denoted a cream cheese, formerly made in a rush basket or served on a rush mat. A later extended sense, ‘feast, merrymaking’, gave rise to junket (sense 2 of the noun).