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From Middle English journe, jorney, from Old French jornee, from Medieval Latin diurnata (a day's work, a day's journey, a fixed day, a day), from Latin diurnus (daily), from diēs (day). Displaced native reys.



journey (plural journeys)

  1. A set amount of travelling, seen as a single unit; a discrete trip, a voyage.
    The journey to London takes two hours by train.
  2. (figuratively) Any process or progression likened to a journey, especially one that involves difficulties or personal development.
    the journey to political freedom
    my journey of dealing with grief
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 171:
      Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work.
  3. (obsolete) A day.
  4. (obsolete) A day's travelling; the distance travelled in a day.
  5. (obsolete) A day's work.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “vij”, in Le Morte Darthur, book VI:
      But whan ye haue done that Iourney ye shal promyse me as ye are a true knyght for to go with me and to helpe me / and other damoysels that are distressid dayly with a fals knyghte / All your entente damoysel and desyre I wylle fulfylle / soo ye wyl brynge me vnto this knyghte
  6. The weight of finished coins delivered at one time to the Master of the Mint.
  7. (collective, colloquial) A group of giraffes.




journey (third-person singular simple present journeys, present participle journeying, simple past and past participle journeyed)

  1. To travel, to make a trip or voyage.



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  1. Alternative form of journe