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Definition a trip taken for pleasure and paid for by someone else

Junket is most commonly used to describe an enjoyable trip taken by a public official that is paid for by the government or by a special interest group. It is also commonly used to reference trips taken by executives. Much more rarely, junket can reference any excursion taken for pleasure (regardless of how it is financed); or a dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet.
  • The legislator is busy this weekend on a lavish golf junket in Scotland.
  • The junket for the visit by the joint Chiefs and the Select Armed Services Committee had been a nightmare to arrange.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • There were two tables of travel agents on a junket from Toronto—they thought Lenny was a Scottish comic who did impressions of the royal family.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Junket was made with white tablets that came out of a tube, and served with a dollop of grape jelly on the top.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Lors, it's as good as a junketing to 'em when they see me wi' my pack, an' I shall niver pick up such bargains for 'em again.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Neighbours and friends, though bride and bridegroom wants For to supply the places at the table, You know there wants no junkets at the feast.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Will you have some junket?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "We workfolk shall have some lordly junketing to-night," said Cainy Ball, casting forth his thoughts in a new direction.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • If I'm not recording or touring, then Bryn's on location or off on one of her endless press junkets.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • It was the usual end-of-session junket season.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • But here, in the belly of the night, the illimitable, flat, wet mud was as featureless as a dark junket.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • On one occasion recently a local aldermanic junket had been arranged to visit Philadelphia—a junket that was to last ten days.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • She and Mary Burns had decided on the outfit together the weekend before, on a shopping junket down to the city.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • To get her out of the way when he was up to something he sent her to visit her cousin on the South Side, an all-day junket on the streetcars.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • When I and my poor man were jined in it we kept up the junketing all the week, and drunk the parish dry, and had to borrow half a crown to begin housekeeping!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He was kicked out of the Guild ten years ago for that little junket of his with you.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It is easy for him to talk of reparation, fresh from journeying and junketing in foreign lands, and living a life of vanity and pleasure.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • She had made him chicken broth that sparkled like diamonds in the evening light, and then there would be the junket he hated, turning to water under his tongue.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • George, taking out his wife to a new jaunt or junket every night, was quite pleased with himself as usual, and swore he was becoming quite a domestic character.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "Holloa! old Eester;" shouted the well-known voice of her husband, from the plain beneath; "ar' you keeping your junkets, while we are finding you in venison and buffaloe beef?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie

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