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WORD ORIGIN

1550s, yeaghe "a light, fast-sailing ship," probably from Norwegian jaght, from Middle Low German jacht, shortened form of jachtschip "fast pirate ship," literally "ship for chasing," from jacht "chase," from jagen "to chase, hunt," from Old High German jagon, from Proto-Germanic *jagojanan.

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