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noun junc·ture \ˈjəŋ(k)-chər\

Simple Definition of juncture

  • : an important point in a process or activity

  • : a place where things join

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of juncture

  1. 1 a :  joint, connection b :  the manner of transition or mode of relationship between two consecutive sounds in speech

  2. 2 :  an instance of joining :  junction

  3. 3 :  a point of time; especially :  one made critical by a concurrence of circumstances

Examples of juncture in a sentence

  1. Negotiations between the countries reached a critical juncture.

  2. At this juncture it looks like they are going to get a divorce.

  3. the juncture of two rivers

Did You Know?

Juncture has many relatives in English - and some of them are easy to spot, whereas others are not so obvious. Juncture derives from the Latin verb jungere (to join), which gave us not only join and junction but also conjugal (relating to marriage) and junta (a group of persons controlling a government). Jungere also has distant etymological connections to joust, jugular, juxtapose, yoga and yoke. The use of juncture in English dates back to the 14th century. Originally, the word meant "a place where two or more things are joined," but by the 17th century it could also be used of an important point in time or of a stage in a process or activity.

14th Century

First Known Use of juncture

14th century

Synonym Discussion of juncture

juncture, exigency, emergency, contingency, pinch, straits, crisis mean a critical or crucial time or state of affairs. juncture stresses the significant concurrence or convergence of events <an important juncture in our country's history>. exigency stresses the pressure of restrictions or urgency of demands created by a special situation <provide for exigencies>. emergency applies to a sudden unforeseen situation requiring prompt action to avoid disaster <the presence of mind needed to deal with emergencies>. contingency implies an emergency or exigency that is regarded as possible but uncertain of occurrence <contingency plans>. pinch implies urgency or pressure for action to a less intense degree than exigency or emergency <come through in a pinch>. straits applies to a troublesome situation from which escape is extremely difficult <in dire straits>. crisis applies to a juncture whose outcome will make a decisive difference <a crisis of confidence>.

Rhymes with juncture

JUNCTURE Defined for Kids


noun junc·ture \ˈjəŋk-chər\

Definition of juncture for Students

  1. :  an important or particular point or stage in a process or activity

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