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Definition of JEEP
: a small general-purpose motor vehicle with 80-inch wheelbase, 1⁄4-ton capacity, and four-wheel drive used by the United States Army in World War II; also: a similar but larger and more powerful United States army vehicle
Outstanding light vehicle of World War II, developed by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. It weighed 1.25 tons, had a four-cylinder engine, and could climb 60° grades and operate on rough terrain thanks to its four-wheel drive and high clearance. The origin of it name is uncertain; one theory traces it to the military designation vehicle, GP (i.e., general-purpose). Since the war the jeep has been adapted for civilian use, though it has been replaced in the U.S. military by the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or Humvee.