Definition of sojourn in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsōjərn/ /ˈsoʊdʒərn/


  • A temporary stay.

    ‘her sojourn in Rome’
    • ‘Ms Brown informs us she was treated to a capital repast and sparkling company on the way back to London after her temporary sojourn in Harrogate.’
    • ‘The row of cottages in which the master was staying during his sojourn was a tidy line of fifteen along the edge of the farms.’
    • ‘Their Australian sojourn was intended to be temporary, but about half of them settled here.’
    • ‘His short visit soon turned into a lengthy sojourn and the one glass of wine multiplied into many.’
    • ‘The rest of the time, he indulged his considerable wanderlust and (I truly believe) his genuine urge to help people through various medical sojourns, long and short, in developing countries.’
    • ‘Lowell, on the other hand, may be the country's foremost long-and-far thinker, creating punishing single-day sojourns across some of the continent's most rugged terrain.’
    • ‘On interrogation, we all admit having been bored during long sojourns in the countryside with no TV, but the boredom was only ever short-lived and children who are sat in front of endless videos and taken to Disneyland get bored too.’
    • ‘During his earlier sojourns in West Kochi, Mr. Dryden met hundreds of people, interviewing them for a set of books commissioned by the Geographical Association in the U.K.’
    • ‘Inez wrote the book after a number of sojourns into India during the 1980s and as well as being an absorbing story it also takes a deeper look at issues such as globalisation and development that now affect the country.’
    • ‘Though some important knowledge of human or plant biology or even a military advantage may be gained from the sojourns of these men and women, it has never seemed like their primary purpose.’
    • ‘French photographer, Marie Accomiato, has preserved for posterity her experiences during her sojourns in the land of Gandhiji and Rabindranth Tagore.’
    • ‘In 1996, Weatherford made the first of many sojourns to Mongolia, riding in jeeps and on horses across nearly impassable terrain.’
    • ‘Well-travelled, her sojourns in Italy, Japan and India have enriched her visual, spatial and conceptual vocabulary.’
    • ‘Mr. Zanussi who travels round the world delivering lectures on cinema, has interesting incidents to relate about his sojourns.’
    • ‘His new apartment is decorated with keepsakes from his yearly month-long sojourns around the world.’
    • ‘A spirited spinster's lively account of a sojourn in 19th century Tenby takes a fresh look at life in the town and the pastimes of its many Victorian visitors.’
    • ‘The first part of the journey will bring passengers from Kilmeaden on a riverside sojourn to the world-famous Mount Congreve Estate.’
    • ‘After completing his world sojourn, Guru Nanak Devji settled down at Kartapur and started leading a simple life by working in the fields.’
    • ‘During much of my sojourn, travel will be in the major cities with only the occasional trip to somewhere remote and probably unpronounceable.’
    • ‘While all of Wales will be hoping that he enjoys his French sojourn, his raison d' être is to lead his country to brighter and more successful days on the rugby field.’
    stay, visit, stop, stopover, residence
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formal no object, with adverbial of place
  • Stay somewhere temporarily.

    ‘she had sojourned once in Egypt’
    • ‘This is a comparatively extrovert third album from the talented and technically advanced young Scots harper and pianist, now sojourning in Barcelona and soaking up even more musical influences.’
    • ‘The open air theatre was also the place where Sadequain sojourned for a few years in the ‘70s and painted some of his masterpieces.’
    • ‘He has sojourned in Greece, India and Sri Lanka, worked more than a decade as books editor at the Calgary Herald and now teaches in the Freelance Writing Program at Mount Royal College in that city.’
    • ‘He now lives in Cardiff, and has sojourned in London.’
    • ‘Between 1827 and 1838 he sojourned in Newfoundland, Canada, and the United States.’
    • ‘It was the height of the monsoon season, and the incessant rains gave Wallace, who was sojourning in Brooke's riverfront villa, little else to do but ‘ponder over the problem which was rarely absent front my thoughts.’’
    • ‘And the tales of the fabled and fabulous Indian warriors, princes and potentates must have charmed his ears whilst he was sojourning and fashioning his future in those hostile, unsettled kingdoms and principalities that lay in his way.’
    • ‘Her new name reflects not the past, but the future she carves out for herself: she would be an itinerant preacher, sojourning in various places and telling the truth to various audiences.’
    • ‘Chasseriau's use of Roman architecture recalls a popular theme among French painters sojourning in Algeria.’
    • ‘The well-known and distinguished sculptor Launt Thompson has been sojourning among us for several months.’
    • ‘He was northern European, not a native speaker of English, sojourning at a university in the midwest.’
    • ‘During the period following, she charted a year of high school in Jacksonville, Florida, sojourned with relatives, had a series of domestic jobs and an 18-month position as an actress's maid.’
    • ‘Guston sojourned in Italy twice, and each stay had a profound influence on his art.’
    • ‘And I am glad that I passed through a great city on my way to the country, that I sojourned in California before settling in the Midwest.’
    • ‘These malevolent creatures could only cause utter despair and hideous circumstances wherever they sojourned.’
    • ‘If only I could've cancelled all plans - as many guests do - and sojourned in Udaivilas longer.’
    • ‘We sojourned for days across the Great Eastern Range, buzzards flying over-head.’
    • ‘Penelope and Helen had, during the week, decided that my rooms were a most apt place to sojourn during the hot afternoons, and the best place to try on dresses.’
    • ‘Government-owned resthouses like this originated with the Raj, enabling touring officials to sojourn in modest comfort.’
    • ‘They sojourn to Claire's new estate and learn that Claire is now a widow.’
    stay, live
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Middle English from Old French sojourner, based on Latin sub- ‘under’ + late Latin diurnum ‘day’.



/ˈsōjərn/ /ˈsoʊdʒərn/