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

Other Words from ebullient

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 ebullient derives from the Latin verb ebullire, which means "to bubble out." When ebullient was first used in the late 1500s its meaning hewed closely to its Latin source: ebullient meant "boiling" or "bubbling," and described things like boiling water and boiling oil. Only later did the word's meaning broaden to encompass emotional agitation as well as the roiling of a boiling liquid.

Examples of ebullient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, and Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, were similarly ebullient. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Despite wrestling with initial sound issues, Apollo kicked off the show with an ebullient swagger, playing his own guitar riffs through the first half of the night. Thania Garcia, Variety, 30 Apr. 2022 Despite the heavier themes inspired by trying times, the song is an ebullient power-pop jam, which features the duo’s signature unison singing and catchy refrains. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2022 Those meeting the big-hearted and ebullient Hoffberger for the first time occasionally underestimate her. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 3 Apr. 2022 The ceremony, held in person at Portland Center Stage at The Armory in the Pearl District for the first time since 2019, was hosted by an ebullient Kesha Ajose-Fisher, winner of the 2020 Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2022 Her ebullient scenes of archers and guitarists, activists and pallbearers, have a stentorian grandeur equal to the frescos all around this city, applied at last to those pushed to the sidelines of European history. Jason Farago, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 As the title of this gem of a show indicates, we’re invited to contemplate not the death of Pompeii but its vibrant, ebullient life. James Romm, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2022 Our spring had always arrived on tiptoe and sat in the back row, the opposite of the ebullient temperate-zone season. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Ebullient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ebullient. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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