jeep·​ney | \ ˈjēp-nē How to pronounce jeepney (audio) \

Definition of jeepney

: a Philippine jitney bus converted from a jeep

Examples of jeepney in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Passengers in taxis, ride-shares, shuttles, jeepneys and buses must sit more than one seat apart; motorcycle taxis will be suspended. Claire Jiao,, "Manila Enters Lockdown for Month; Duterte Mulls Curfew," 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, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 Some critics also contend that jeepneys, which typically lack seatbelts, are not safe. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "Duterte Threatens to Dethrone the Jeepney as King of Filipino Roads," 25 Dec. 2017 All the fatalities were aboard the smaller vehicle, an Isuzu SUV-style jeepney. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Deadly bus crash adds to Philippines' Christmas woes," 25 Dec. 2017 At the barrier, passengers disembark from their jeepneys and line up in the June sun, slowly shifting forward towards makeshift awnings set up by the police and military. Euan Mckirdy And Ivan Watson, CNN, "Bloodied and broken: The battle against ISIS in the Philippines," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of jeepney

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jeepney

jeep + jitney

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“Jeepney.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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