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- A temporary stay.
- Stay somewhere temporarily.
“We’ll sojourn in Lisbon, but we have a much longer stay planned for the Azores.”
“Do you want to sojourn in a hotel, or do you want to find a house we can rent for the summer?”
“We don’t have anything planned for the city, so it will just be a quick sojourn on our way to the beach.”
Latin, early 14th century
Why this word?
In its earliest usage, the word “journey” was used to describe a day’s travel, a day’s work — anything that could be accomplished within a day. It comes from the Latin “diurnum,” or “daily portion.” The word “sojourn” shares this root, and it specifies short travel and temporary stays. Perhaps it’s a day trip, or even an overnight stay, but on a sojourn, you’re not staying long.
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