jet lag

noun

Definition of jet lag

: a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (such as fatigue and irritability), occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from jet lag

jet-lagged \ ˈjet-​ˌlagd How to pronounce jet lag (audio) \ adjective

Examples of jet lag in a Sentence

I had bad jet lag after that last trip overseas.
Recent Examples on the Web Therefore it's often used to combat jet lag or adapt to new time zones. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Is melatonin safe for kids? Here's what the experts say," 22 Mar. 2021 Social jet lag and its negative health effects would become a thing of the past. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "It’s Time to Dump Daylight Saving," 12 Mar. 2021 Some of the most common symptoms of exposure — headaches and fatigue — are indistinguishable from jet lag, experts say. Los Angeles Times, "Smells on a plane: Have you been exposed to toxic chemicals while flying?," 17 Dec. 2020 Something about the pandemic has had a jet lag-like effect on my sleep cycles, waking me regularly well before dawn. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Audi R8 V10 performance: They won’t make them like this much longer," 15 Dec. 2020 Rita Wilson initially thought her fatigue symptoms were just jet lag when she and her husband, Tom Hanks, were diagnosed. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Bryan Cranston Still Can't Fully Taste or Smell Months After Getting Coronavirus," 7 Dec. 2020 Some people are affected by jet lag more than others. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Governments Worldwide Consider Ditching Daylight Saving Time," 29 Oct. 2020 The vast majority of us will have to reset clocks, adjust sleep times, endure mild symptoms of jet lag and get used to the sudden early onset of darkness. Steve Chapman Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "The end of daylight saving time approaches. The question is, why?," 11 Oct. 2020 From a smart aromatherapy diffuser and anti-jet lag skincare to a fold-up backpack and packable workout gear, here are 30 of our favorite picks this holiday season—gift receipt not necessary. Jane Sung, Condé Nast Traveler, "30 Best Travel Gifts Under $50," 5 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'jet lag.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of jet lag

1965, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about jet lag

Time Traveler for jet lag

Time Traveler

The first known use of jet lag was in 1965

See more words from the same year

Statistics for jet lag

Last Updated

28 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Jet lag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jet%20lag. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for jet lag

jet lag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jet lag

: a tired and unpleasant feeling that you sometimes get when you travel by airplane to a place that is far away

jet lag

noun
\ ˈjet-ˌlag How to pronounce jet lag (audio) \

Medical Definition of jet lag

: a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (as fatigue and irritability), occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body

called also jet fatigue

Other Words from jet lag

jet-lagged adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on jet lag

Nglish: Translation of jet lag for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about jet lag

Comments on jet lag

What made you want to look up jet lag? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!