ebul·​lient | \ i-ˈbu̇l-yənt How to pronounce ebullient (audio) , -ˈbəl-\

Definition of ebullient

2 : characterized by ebullience : having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm ebullient performers

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ebulliently adverb

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Someone who is ebullient is bubbling over with enthusiasm, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that the adjective ebullient derives from the Latin verb ebullire, which means "to bubble out." (The stem bullire is an ancestor of our word boil and derives from bulla, the Latin word for "bubble.") In its earliest known uses in English in the late 1500s, ebullient was used in the sense of "boiling" or "bubbling" that might have described a pot simmering on the stove. Only later did the word's meaning broaden to encompass emotional agitation (particularly of the exuberant kind) in addition to the tempestuous roiling of a boiling liquid.

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An ebullient Trump went into the cockpit of Air Force One for the landing Sunday night to celebrate with his pilot, who was retiring after the flight, a White House official said. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "‘No collusion!’ goes from defiant mantra to re-election rallying cry for Trump," 24 Mar. 2019 Mame,’’ Herman put his songwriting skills in the service of another ebullient, larger-than-life female protagonist: bohemian and iconoclast Mame Dennis. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 1 June 2018 Mizrahi’s designs are a reflection of himself: ebullient, upbeat, urbane, and always personal. Vogue, "Isaac Mizrahi’s New Memoir, I.M., Is No Frockumentary—And the Better for It," 26 Feb. 2019 Seeing Amy Sherman-Palladino without her trademark top hat is unexpected, to say the least—like observing a particularly ebullient peacock sans opulent plumage. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 9 Dec. 2018 The first sign most of us had that all was not well was on Saturday morning, with reports that the FCA board had been called together hurriedly to discuss a successor to the ebullient executive. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Sergio Marchionne, the man who saved Fiat Chrysler, dies at 66," 25 July 2018 Françoise is a ready-to-wear and accessories collection made in Senyk’s confident, ebullient mold—practical, yet not without whimsy, and very French (hence the name), but made in Italy. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Johanna Senyk, the Ebullient Designer Behind Wanda Nylon, Is Back With a New Collection, Françoise," 24 Sep. 2018 No, this was music-making of a high professional order, refined in its conception and performed with an astonishing combination of alert, relaxed command and ebullient spontaneity. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla Symphony & Chorus brings audience to their feet with electric performance of 'Carmina Burana'," 17 Mar. 2018 First the young pit crew then the engineers and executives began hugging each other, chanting and jumping up and down like ebullient soccer fans. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s All-Electric Effort to Climb Out of Its P.R. Hole," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of ebullient

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ebullient

Latin ebullient-, ebulliens, present participle of ebullire to bubble out, from e- + bullire to bubble, boil — more at boil

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: lively and enthusiastic

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