ju·​bi·​lant | \ ˈjü-bə-lənt How to pronounce jubilant (audio) \

Definition of jubilant

: feeling or expressing great joy : exultant the jubilant winner

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Other Words from jubilant

jubilantly adverb

Examples of jubilant in a Sentence

the nominee's jubilant acceptance speech before the cheering crowd

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In the capital, Kinshasa, an opposition stronghold, the atmosphere was mostly jubilant, as streets teemed with people playing music and listening to results. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Catholic Church Questions Surprise Congo Election Results," 10 Jan. 2019 In the West Bank, family members were jubilant as news of her victory came in early Wednesday. Mohammed Daraghmeh, Fox News, "Palestinian-American candidate is source of West Bank pride," 8 Aug. 2018 The news was met with jubilant celebration from Virginia Sens. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon HQ2: all of the news about its controversial search for a new headquarters," 7 Sep. 2017 But the mood wasn't too jubilant underwater: Ballard says the implications of the tragedy quickly set in after making the discovery. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Hunt for the Titanic Was Actually a Hunt for Lost U.S. Nuclear Submarines," 17 Dec. 2018 While European politicians bickered about where the immigrants should go, those rescued by the Open Arms were jubilant — jumping, chanting and hugging their rescuers. Renata Brito And Frances D'emilio, chicagotribune.com, "Fear turns to joy as rescue boat saves 60 in Mediterranean Sea," 30 June 2018 Senate overhaul leaves many post-crisis regulations in place Dodd-Frank revamp won’t free firms from Fed stress tests The financial industry has been jubilant since the Senate passed a GOP rollback of banking rules last week. Jesse Hamilton, Bloomberg.com, "Fed Still Reigns Supreme Over Banks, Despite Dodd-Frank Rewrite," 20 Mar. 2018 At his event in Washington, Steyer toggled between his two dominant modes, apocalyptic and jubilant. Max Abelson, Bloomberg.com, "Call Him Mr. Impeachment: Tom Steyer’s War Against Donald Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 Surely, the most confident Tottenham fan didn't leave home for Stamford Bridge expecting to return this jubilant. SI.com, "Unrealistic Expectations: How Antonio Conte's Success at Chelsea Shaped His Fate & Likely Departure," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of jubilant

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jubilant

see jubilate

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English Language Learners Definition of jubilant

: feeling or expressing great joy : very happy


ju·​bi·​lant | \ ˈjü-bə-lənt How to pronounce jubilant (audio) \

Kids Definition of jubilant

: expressing great joy especially with shouting : noisily happy The hero was greeted by a jubilant crowd.

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