What Country Does The Word Yacht Come From?


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Nisha Fernandes answered
The word Yacht is of Dutch origin and therefore probably comes from Holland. Etymology experts have concluded that the word yacht is derived from the obsolete Dutch word jaght which is the diminutive form of jaghtship which literally means 'hunting ship'.

Originally a yacht was a term used to describe a light weight fast sailing vessel employed by the Dutch Navy. In fact these yachts were used in the pursuit of pirates and buccaneers who prowled around the shallow waters surrounding the Low Countries. Interestingly Charles II, King of England famously selected a yacht to transport him home from Holland to Britain at the time of his restoration. Thereafter the yachts have always been identified as luxury vessels which only the famous and wealthy can afford.

There are only two kinds of yachts in use today- power yachts and sailing yachts.
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