The Yacht – The Meaning and the Origin of the Word

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  1. Mary says:

    I looked up the origin of the word yacht, and it said it is a mid 16th century, Early Modern Dutch word from ‘jaght,’ from ‘jaghtschip’ meaning “fast pirate ship,” from ‘jaght’ which means “hunting” + ‘schip’ meaning “ship”.

    I like the story of King Charles. It makes sense that that is why a yacht has the definite aura of wealth and pleasure!

  2. Almost but not 100%. Actually the verb ‘jagen’ to hunt goes back to middle high German,i.e. Deutsch not Dutch, and before that it was ‘jagon’ in lower high German.
    But it seems that it all started with Greek and travelled North.

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