[juhng-kit] /ˈdʒʌŋ kɪt/
a sweet, custardlike food of flavored milk curdled with rennet.
a pleasure excursion, as a picnic or outing.
a trip, as by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.
verb (used without object)
to go on a junket.
verb (used with object)
to entertain; feast; regale.
an excursion, esp one made for pleasure at public expense by a public official or committee
a sweet dessert made of flavoured milk set to a curd with rennet
a feast or festive occasion
(intransitive) (of a public official, committee, etc) to go on a junket
to have or entertain with a feast or festive gathering
late 14c., “basket in which fish are caught or carried,” from Medieval Latin iuncata “rush basket,” perhaps from Latin 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. Italian cognate giuncata “cream cheese” (originally made in a rush basket), a sense of junket also found in Middle English and preserved lately in dialects.
A tour undertaken by a government official at public expense and often for no public benefit: An agricultural junket through nine European countries (1886+)
: junketed like contemporary tourists
[fr junket, ”feast; merrymaking,” found by 1530 and of obscure origin; the verb is found by 1821, meaning ”take a pleasure trip,” without the US political sense]
[juhng-ki-teer] /ˌdʒʌŋ kɪˈtɪər/ noun 1. a person who goes on junkets, especially regularly or habitually: weekend junketeers to Las Vegas. verb (used without object) 2. to go on a junket, especially at government or another’s expense: congressmen who regularly junketeer to Europe and the Far East.
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noun, Informal. 1. . noun 1. a fragment of nucleic acid, such as a plasmid or a transposon, that can become incorporated into the DNA of a cell jumping gene (jŭm’pĭng) See transposon.
noun 1. food, as potato chips or candy, that is high in calories but of little nutritional value. 2. anything that is attractive and diverting but of negligible substance: the junk food offered by daytime television. noun 1. food that is low in nutritional value, often highly processed or ready-prepared, and eaten instead of or […]