- verb to stop something such as a meeting or court proceedings in order to continue at a later time or date
- verb to stop a meeting for a period or to postpone a legal hearing to a later date
Origin & History of “adjourn”
Adjourn originally meant ‘appoint a day for’, but over the centuries, such is human nature, it has come to be used for postponing, deferring, or suspending. It originated in the Old French phrase à jour nomé ‘to an appointed day’, from which the Old French verb ajourner derived. Jour ‘day’ came from late Latin diurnum, a noun formed from the adjective diurnus ‘daily’, which in turn was based on the noun diēs ‘day’.