junket


junket
junket (n.) late 14c., "basket in which fish are caught or carried," from M.L. iuncata "rush basket," perhaps from L. iuncus "rush." Shifted meaning by 1520s to "feast, banquet," probably via notion of a picnic basket, which led to extended sense of "pleasure trip" (1814), and then to "tour by government official at public expense for no discernable public benefit" (by 1886, American English). Cf. It. cognate giuncata "cream cheese" (originally made in a rush basket), a sense of junket also found in Middle English and preserved lately in dialects.

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  • Junket — can refer to: *Junket (vacation), an excursion for the purpose of pleasure at public expense *Junket (dessert), a dessert made of flavoured, sweetened curds *Junket (company), a brand name of rennet tablets and dessert mixes *A movie junket,… …   Wikipedia

  • junket — jun‧ket [ˈdʒʌŋkt] noun [countable] informal a free trip that is paid for by a company or by the government: • These funds should not have been used to pay for junkets abroad. * * * junket UK US /ˈdʒʌŋkɪt/ noun [C] DISAPPROVING INFORMAL ► …   Financial and business terms

  • Junket — Jun ket, n. [Formerly also juncate, fr. It. giuncata cream cheese, made in a wicker or rush basket, fr. L. juncus a rush. See 2d {Junk}, and cf. {Juncate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A cheese cake; a sweetmeat; any delicate food. [1913 Webster] How Faery …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Junket — Jun ket, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Junketed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Junketing}.] To give entertainment to; to feast. [1913 Webster] The good woman took my lodgings over my head, and was in such a hurry to junket her neighbors. Walpole. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • junket — [juŋ′kit] n. [ME joncate < ML * juncata, a sweetmeat, cream cheese < L juncus, a rush (see JONQUIL): because orig. brought to market in rush baskets] 1. milk sweetened, flavored, and thickened into curd with rennet 2. a feast or picnic 3. a …   English World dictionary

  • Junket — Jun ket, v. i. To feast; to banquet; to make an entertainment; sometimes applied opprobriously to feasting by public officers at the public cost. [1913 Webster] Job s children junketed and feasted together often. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • junket — ► NOUN 1) a dish of sweetened curds of milk. 2) informal an extravagant trip or party. ► VERB (junketed, junketing) informal ▪ take part in an extravagant trip or party. ORIGIN originally denoting a cream cheese made in a rush basket: from Old… …   English terms dictionary

  • junket — n. pleasure trip 1) to go on a junket 2) a fact finding junket 3) a junket to (the legislators went on a junket to Hawaii) * * * [ dʒʌŋkɪt] [ pleasure trip ] to go on a junket a factfinding junket a junket to (the legislators went on a junket to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Junket — El junket es un postre lácteo hecho con leche endulzada y cuajo. Es una especie de pudin claro. Contenido 1 Preparación 2 Historia 3 Etimología 4 Notas …   Wikipedia Español

  • junket — I. noun Etymology: Middle English ioncate, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *juncata, from Latin juncus rush Date: 15th century 1. a dessert of sweetened flavored milk set with rennet 2. a. a festive social affair b. trip, journey: as (1) a trip made …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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