noun, plural jour·neys.
- a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time; trip: a six-day journey across the desert.
- a distance, course, or area traveled or suitable for traveling: a desert journey.
- a period of travel: a week’s journey.
- passage or progress from one stage to another: the journey to success.
verb (used without object), jour·neyed, jour·ney·ing.
- to make a journey; travel.
- a travelling from one place to another; trip or voyage
- the distance travelled in a journey
- the time taken to make a journey
- (intr) to make a journey
c.1200, “a defined course of traveling; one’s path in life,” from Old French journee “day’s work or travel” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin diurnum “day,” noun use of neuter of Latin diurnus “of one day” (see diurnal). Meaning “act of traveling by land or sea” is c.1300. In Middle English it also meant “a day” (c.1400); a day’s work (mid-14c.); “distance traveled in one day” (mid-13c.), and as recently as Johnson (1755) the primary sense was still “the travel of a day.”
mid-14c., “travel from one place to another,” from Anglo-French journeyer, Old French journoier, from journee (see journey (n.)). Related: Journeyed; journeying.