yacht


yacht
[16] A yacht is etymologically a boat for ‘chasing’ others. The word was borrowed from early modern Dutch jaghte. This was short for jaghtschip, literally ‘chase ship’, a compound noun formed from jaght, a derivative of the verb jagen ‘hunt, chase’, and schip ‘ship’. The Dutch word (whose present-day form is jacht) has been borrowed into many other European languages, including French and German jacht and Russian jakhta.
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   The sailing boat or ship derives its name from obsolete Dutch jaghte (modern Dutch jacht), short for jaghtschip, literally 'hunter,' 'chaser,' from jagen, 'to hunt,' and schip, 'ship.'

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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