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-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

The Galapagos checks a lot of boxes: no jet lag, relatively easy flights, warm weather, and lots of activities. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 Apart from jet lag, which is when the body’s internal schedule temporarily doesn’t match the schedule of the outside world, why do circadian rhythms matter enough for hundreds of researchers to study them? Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Have Heart Surgery in the Afternoon," 26 Dec. 2018 That's not her only method of beating back jet lag. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Travel Essentials Meghan Markle Never Flies Without," 23 Aug. 2018 And the Duchess of Sussex has been using yoga to battle her jet lag and early pregnancy symptoms. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Prince Harry Already Has an Adorable Nickname for the Royal Baby," 29 Oct. 2018 The Seahawks showed no sign of jet lag in a 27-3 mauling of the Oakland Raiders that gave Seattle fans reason for optimism going into the bye week. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the (inter)national media are saying about the Seahawks’ 27-3 trouncing of the Oakland Raiders," 15 Oct. 2018 Michelin-star Chef Daniel Wong’s contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine is an excellent cure for jet lag. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Do Shanghai in 12 Hours or Less," 14 Dec. 2018 Between endless security lines, shrinking legroom, flight delays, and jet lag, that’s fair. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "10 Tips on How to Survive a Plane Crash (Although They're Really Rare)," 13 Oct. 2018 The Spring 2019 season has been over for a week, which means the jet lag is just about gone, but definitely not the memories! Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Spring 2019 Collections," 10 Oct. 2018

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

Dictionary Entries near jet lag

jeté en tournant

jet engine

Jeth

jet lag

jetliner

jetness

jeton

Statistics for jet lag

Last Updated

1 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for jet lag

The first known use of jet lag was in 1965

See more words from the same year

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on jet lag

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with jet lag

Spanish Central: Translation of 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

a secret plot to overthrow a government

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

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!