Definition of yacht in US English:



  • 1A medium-sized sailboat equipped for cruising or racing.

    • ‘They will be sailing among a fleet of 200 yachts, dinghies and jet skis raising money for medical research.’
    • ‘On his office wall here, along with some breathtaking drawings of yacht hulls, is a black-and-white photograph of a small yacht being pounded by gigantic seas.’
    • ‘The naturally perfect horseshoe-shaped harbor is filled with mega cruise ships, sailing yachts, sloops, ferryboats, and fishing craft.’
    • ‘I went to the El Gouna marina, not yet filled with white polished yachts because the international yachting brigade were still out in the Med.’
    • ‘Last year's Regatta grew to a record 138 high-calibre racing yachts with over 4000 competitors and spectators.’
    • ‘Mr Labouchere, who lives in Stratford-sub-Castle, has been at the forefront of revolutionary design for many years, building his career designing hulls for ferries and racing yachts.’
    • ‘About 280 Olympic class yachts in 11 classes from 70 nations are based at Sydney's Olympic Marina to participate in 14 days of racing.’
    • ‘The suspended flotilla includes modern powerboats, yachts and coracles.’
    • ‘The danger, excitement and adventure of racing yachts on the high seas awaits a North Yorkshire woman, picked to take part in one of the world's toughest yacht races.’
    • ‘A young woman who is a stewardess on a ferry becomes a skipper on a racing yacht.’
    • ‘These craft run the gamut from sleek international racing yachts to historic workboats.’
    • ‘Three sailors from the Southampton area have been airlifted to safety after sending a dramatic text message from their racing yacht which capsized in a severe gale off the Isle of Wight.’
    • ‘Robertson's lifelong friend Rick Allen gave up a dream job as a chef on private yachts cruising the Mediterranean to help Robertson chase his dream, to make sure that his tank stays full and his engine finely tuned.’
    • ‘Three people were rescued from the stricken yacht's life raft by sailors from HMAS Newcastle.’
    • ‘Critics of the measure say that the imposition of fees will kill the popularity of Bonaire as a prime haven for yachts cruising in the Southern Caribbean.’
    • ‘You must believe me when I tell you that nothing tests waterproofing so comprehensively as a sitting on the weather rail of a racing yacht in a force seven south westerly.’
    • ‘In 1973 the Hesketh Team boarded a luxury yacht and cruised into Monaco harbour for their first F1 race.’
    • ‘I asked to be transported to a sailing yacht, cruising just offshore of that beach.’
    • ‘He hit the headlines in 1998 when his racing yacht capsized in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean, after he had been at sea for two months competing in a round-the-world race.’
    • ‘These are the sounds that surround Carina - the racing yacht on which I'll be sailing this month from Newport to Bermuda.’
    1. 1.1often with modifier A powered boat or small ship equipped for cruising, typically for private or official use.
      ‘a steam yacht’
      • ‘This sailing yacht ferries divers, snorkellers and day-trippers to the Coral Island, 10 miles south of Eilat, in Egyptian waters.’
      • ‘So this is the zillionaire luxury yacht lifestyle.’
      • ‘You can, of course, charter sail or power yachts in the Bahamas, but the real kick is arriving in your own small vessel.’
      • ‘The Victorian steam yacht was originally designed in the form of a Venetian gondola and was first launched in 1859 on Coniston Water.’
      • ‘Piëch has already rewarded himself by buying a 102-foot yacht to sail around the world with his family.’
      • ‘Les Pompiers were out in force, and alongside the dock a bareboat charter yacht was half sunk.’
      • ‘In under a decade, the steam yacht would be as passé as the coracle…’
      • ‘My husband is in the process of sailing a 42 foot yacht up to Scotland from down south, so the summer will be spent on the west coast.’
      • ‘Robert Ehrlich proposed unloading the Maryland Independence, the 112-foot state yacht.’
      • ‘Its colossal doors and cathedral-like interiors admitted great steam yachts of the period, with tall masts and rigging standing.’
      • ‘Sailing is particularly popular around the reef and the Whitsunday Islands, and there are many live-aboard boats and charter yachts.’
      • ‘The crew made a distress call after their 47 foot yacht started dragging its anchor and was in danger of going ashore onto the rocks.’
      • ‘And as the water continues to come up, the tide moves in, we can see the water getting higher and higher on all of these boats, these luxury yachts.’
      • ‘On specially designated weekends and bank holidays the SY Carolla, the oldest sea-going steam yacht, visits the museum.’
      • ‘She was a beautiful old steam yacht belonging originally to the Guinness family.’
      • ‘The Ocean Marina, established south of Jomtien Beach some two decades ago, has primarily been a facility for berthing power boats, yachts and ocean-going catamarans.’
      • ‘For the rich - a remote-controlled exact copy of an America's cup yacht 1 / 15th the size of a normal vessel.’
      • ‘Up from Kirkhaven harbour, scattered along the shore, are the remains of the steam yacht, Island.’
      • ‘A week on board the Lady Christine, a 185-foot yacht, cruising the coast of Thailand.’
      • ‘You may recall I told you about Lil who quit his job here to start a charter yacht business.’
      boat, sailing boat, ship, craft, watercraft
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  • Race or cruise in a yacht.

    • ‘The attack did not dampen his enthusiasm for yachting.’
    • ‘Implementation of such steps will leave ministers the leisure time to go yachting with a clear conscience, and not worry about any photographs which could damage their images.’
    • ‘There is also yachting, which is what I'm doing, and here things are much gentler.’
    • ‘Alternatively, if you have no experience whatsoever with yachting then you can take an entire crew and spend your vacation safe in the knowledge that your boat and your vacation are in safe hands.’
    • ‘If the theatre bug hadn't got into her, she would probably have been a sailor, so passionate was she about yachting.’
    • ‘And, if a 527 was making the ad, they might use a montage of pictures of Kerry touring NASA in a space suit, or windsurfing, or yachting.’
    • ‘As the central figure is the diminutive yachtsman Peter Cummins, I felt it would be interesting to see just how much yachting he had done, where and with whom.’
    • ‘He'd spent the past 20 years yachting around the world.’
    • ‘We found a woman who took part in ballooning, yachting.’
    • ‘George was well-known and respected in Rosses Point for his contribution to and interest in golfing, yachting and boating over many years.’
    • ‘Yesterday I went yachting in the Hakodate harbour.’
    • ‘And the Kaiser was unwise to sneer that his uncle Edward VII went yachting with Thomas Lipton, the purveyor of bacon and tea to the urban consumer.’
    • ‘Natalie Wood drowned in 1981 while yachting off Catalina with husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken and for a while there were rumors of foul play.’
    • ‘Up to now the handsome Prince Rainier has preferred big-game hunting, yachting, car racing and diving into underwater caverns off the south of France, to seeking a wife.’
    • ‘Explore the picturesque beauty of the sand beaches of St. John, the beauty of the sea caves around Virgin Gorda try your hand at yachting at St. Martin.’
    • ‘Since 1924, Gleneagles has been part of a triumvirate of attractions that started with yachting in Cowes, continued with polo in Deauville and ended with grouse shooting and golf in Perthshire.’
    • ‘There will also be an auction of promises featuring goodies such as a week's break in a house in France, a day's yachting for five people and a day on the gallops plus lunch.’
    • ‘They are sky diving, yachting, rock climbing and mountain biking.’
    • ‘But yachting also gets into your blood, as Ron Sims discovered.’
    • ‘The only place Olga felt free was when the family yachted over to Fredensborg Palace in Denmark.’
    • ‘In Bird of Paradise, McCrea plays Johnny, a happy-go-lucky guy out yachting with his friends in the South Seas.’
    • ‘Czech immigrant and British media tycoon Robert Maxwell drowned alone at night while yachting off the Canary Islands in November 1991.’
    • ‘General manager of Rodney Bay Marina, Cuthbert Didier, is the leading vocal advocate when it comes to yachting in St Lucia.’
    • ‘Over the last two years, the PC Classic has developed into a race of such proportions that it has become a showcase event for yachting on the Eastern Seaboard.’
    • ‘‘At this time of year in Finland the sun goes up for about two hours a day and I would go ice yachting,’ Ingvall told the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday.’
    boat, go sailing
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Mid 16th century: from early modern Dutch jaghte, from jaghtschip ‘fast pirate ship’, from jag(h)t ‘hunting’ + schip ‘ship’.