jeep·​ney ˈjēp-nē How to pronounce jeepney (audio)
: a Philippine jitney bus converted from a jeep

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not every jeepney operator has been as lucky as the Tabing family. Jason Gutierrez, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 In 2022, these are broadly universal feelings, but presented alongside the jeepney, their acute relevance to Filipinos around the world emerges in relief. Gaby Wilson, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2022 In Manila, Raymond Manaog, 29, who drives the colorful Philippine mini-bus known as a jeepney, complains that inflation — and especially the rising price of diesel — is forcing him to work more to get by. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2022 The jeepney is ever-present throughout the project, gracing the cover of the record and making several appearances in music videos. Grace Ann Natanawan, SPIN, 6 May 2022 Passengers in taxis, ride-shares, shuttles, jeepneys and buses must sit more than one seat apart; motorcycle taxis will be suspended. Claire Jiao,, 29 Apr. 2020 Their neighborhood, of barber shops and restaurants and homes and streets filled with small buses known here as jeepneys, was gone. Todd Pitman, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2018 Some critics also contend that jeepneys, which typically lack seatbelts, are not safe. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2017 All the fatalities were aboard the smaller vehicle, an Isuzu SUV-style jeepney. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, 25 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History


jeep + jitney

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jeepney was in 1946

Dictionary Entries Near jeepney

Cite this Entry

“Jeepney.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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