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Definition of junket noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

junket

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdʒʌŋkɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒʌŋkɪt//
 
(informal, disapproving)
 
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a trip that is made for pleasure by somebody who works for the government, etc. and that is paid for using public money Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French jonquette ‘rush basket’, from jonc ‘rush’, from Latin juncus. Originally denoting a basket made of rushes, especially one for fish (remaining in dialect use), the term also denoted a cream cheese, formerly made in a rush basket or served on a rush mat. A later extended sense, ‘feast, merrymaking’, gave rise to this current sense.
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