Definition of junket in English:

junket

noun

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

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

    ‘the latest row over city council junkets’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm happy to say that my over-extended press junket is FINISHED!’
    • ‘Six different shows in two days is no junket, especially when you don't know your fellow performers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By some good fortune I'm not paying for this junket.’
    • ‘Any journalist worth his name should have at some point or the other done his share of spade work to get that coveted 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?’
    • ‘This moderately paced, often rugged cross-country junket is for experienced backpackers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How can festivals avoid falling into the trap of becoming just another stop along way for the Hollywood press 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The way other people rent cars, he chartered the Concorde for a little family junket to Disneyland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The people on the ground in Covington scoffed at George's little junket to Louisiana yesterday.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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verb

[NO OBJECT]often as noun junketing
informal
  • Attend or go on a trip or celebration at public expense.

    ‘your MP's worldwide junketing’
    • ‘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 Burdis explained: ‘One of the things the public couldn't understand is why we didn't prosecute for junketing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We want it to be about run of the mill people - not 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.’

Origin

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).

Pronunciation

junket

/ˈdʒʌŋkɪt/