from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dessert made from flavored milk and rennet.
  • n. A party, banquet, or outing.
  • n. A trip or tour, especially:
  • n. One taken by an official at public expense.
  • n. One taken by a person who is the guest of a business or agency seeking favor or patronage.
  • intransitive v. To hold a party or banquet.
  • intransitive v. To go on a junket.
  • transitive v. To fete at a party or banquet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A basket.
  • n. A type of cream cheese, originally made in a rush basket; later, a food made of sweetened curds or rennet.
  • n. A feast or banquet.
  • n. A pleasure-trip; a journey made for feasting or enjoyment, now especially a trip made ostensibly for business but which entails merrymaking or entertainment.
  • n. 20-40 table gaming rooms for which the capacity and limits change daily. Junket rooms are often rented out to private vendors who run tour groups through them and give a portion of the proceeds to the main casino.
  • v. To go on or attend a junket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cheese cake; a sweetmeat; any delicate food.
  • n. A feast; an entertainment.
  • n. A trip made at the expense of an organization of which the traveller is an official, ostensibly to obtain information relevant to one's duties; especially, a trip made by a public official at government expense. The term is sometimes used opprobriously, from a belief that such trips are often taken for private pleasure, and are therefore a waste of public money.
  • intransitive v. To feast; to banquet; to make an entertainment; -- sometimes applied opprobriously to feasting by public officers at the public cost.
  • transitive v. To give entertainment to; to feast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To feast; banquet; take part in a convivial entertainment.
  • To entertain; feast; regale.
  • n. A basket made of rushes.
  • n. A long basket for catching fish.
  • n. Curds mixed with cream, sweetened, and flavored.
  • n. Hence Any sweetmeat or delicacy.
  • n. A feast or merrymaking; a convivial entertainment; a picnic.
  • n. Milk artificially coagulated with rennet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide a feast or banquet for
  • n. a trip taken by an official at public expense
  • v. go on a pleasure trip
  • n. dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet
  • v. partake in a feast or banquet
  • n. a journey taken for pleasure


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English jonket, rush basket, a kind of food served on rushes, feast, from Old North French jonquette, rush basket (probably from jonc, rush,) or from Medieval Latin iuncāta, rush basket, both from Latin iuncus, rush.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Origin uncertain.



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  • Is it like blancmange?

    February 6, 2008

  • My grandmother used to make junket for dessert. It was kind of gross, like runny pudding.

    February 6, 2008

  • also, a dessert

    September 26, 2007

  • I think I've only heard this word preceding "press".

    December 29, 2006

  • Today the bards must drink and junket.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 1

    December 29, 2006