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

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Other Words from jet lag

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

Examples of jet lag in a Sentence

I had bad jet lag after that last trip overseas.
Recent Examples on the Web Suddenly, jet lag isn’t kicking in during your big meeting abroad. Tony Vaz, Popular Science, "Travel pillows for better sleep while traveling," 24 Sep. 2019 Bella showed us her natural side in her Beauty Secrets video, where Hadid showcased her more simple beauty routine, as well as her tricks for combatting jet lag. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lights, Camera, Bella! Her Best Video Moments in Vogue," 25 Mar. 2019 By mid-season, Chris was back on the show with a whole storyline explaining his character’s adjustment, which included a severe case of jet lag. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Parks and Recreation' Did A Lot to Make Sure Chris Pratt Didn't Have to Leave the Show," 30 Apr. 2020 After all, a dehydrating airplane cabin combined with a dose of jet lag can do a number on even the clearest of skin types. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Skincare Tips Our Editors Swear By," 1 Apr. 2020 Qantas wants to begin flying the time-saving route commercially as soon as 2022, so the airline used this test trip to explore ways to reduce its inevitable downside: soul-crushing, body-buckling jet lag. Los Angeles Times, "I took the world’s first 20-hour flight. Here’s what it did to me," 19 Oct. 2019 What's not pictured: a schedule that can change on a whim, 4 a.m. call times, jet lag, and long days away from family — all for less compensation than one might imagine. Erika Stalder, refinery29.com, "Coronavirus Upended Celebrity Glam Squads — & Artists Are Struggling To Make Ends Meet," 15 Apr. 2020 Everglow relish in the same joys and deal with many of the same gripes as other twentysomething on-the-go women — from fighting jet lag and homesickness to gushing about skincare and their favorite shows. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Spill It: Everglow Show Us Their On-The-Go Essentials," 3 Apr. 2020 Also this week, our intrepid reporter tried out a jet lag-prevention app, and Volvo announced its electric XC40 Recharge is the capstone in the automaker’s plan to radically cut emissions. Wired, "Cars Aren't Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of jet lag

1965, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2020

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“Jet lag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jet%20lag. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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

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