July 29, 2013
- journey (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : travel from one place to another
- How do you use it?
- It was a long, tedious journey by car from my home in New Jersey to my cousin's house in northern Maine.
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think was happening in the world when "journey" first became a part of the English language?"Journey" made the trip from French to English in the 13th century, the same century during which Marco Polo made his famous trip to China. "Journey" comes from the Old French word "journee," meaning "day's journey." The English word also originally had the meaning of "a distance that can be traveled in a day," which, during the Middle Ages, usually figured as twenty miles. If you travel back through the history of "journey," the connection with "day" becomes clear. The French "journee" developed from the French word "jour," meaning "day." "Jour" traces back to Latin "diurnus," meaning "of the day." "Diurnus" comes from "dies," the Latin word for "day."