ju·​bi·​la·​tion | \ ˌjü-bə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce jubilation (audio) \

Definition of jubilation

1 : an act of rejoicing : the state of being jubilant The news was greeted with jubilation.
2 : an expression of great joy the jubilations of the garrison were short-lived— C. R. Low

Examples of jubilation in a Sentence

the jubilation of the crowd

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The iconic image of a shirtless Brandi Chastain, who had ripped off her jersey in jubilation, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Tate Royer, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The biggest fight facing the U.S. women’s soccer team isn’t on the field," 14 June 2019 Confined to a rolling stool on the sideline, the elder Hunter sprawled on the court in jubilation when the shot went through — a March Madness moment that is still shown on the tournament’s highlight reel. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Ga State coach Hunter leaving to take over at Tulane," 24 Mar. 2019 And what her fans are feeling now is utter jubilation. Marci Robin, Allure, "Hayley Williams Just Dyed Her Hair Orange Again, and Paramore Fans Are Freaking Out," 14 Mar. 2019 The jubilation that erupted after the boys were found drained away. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 So a stand-alone Burmese restaurant is cause for jubilation. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Burmese Cuisine, a New York Rarity, at Rangoon Spoon," 24 May 2018 The jubilation that his victory has inspired is the clearest sign of the dangers that await him and Mexico. The Economist, "Will AMLO deliver?," 5 July 2018 Albeit a mere consolation, their single goal in the defeat to the Three Lions was their first ever World Cup goal, and it was met with sheer jubilation. SI.com, "Increasing the Amount of Teams at the World Cup Is a Great Idea, Even if the Quality Will Diminish," 2 July 2018 Babchenko’s resurfacing immediately brought jubilation from his colleagues at Radio Free Europe in Ukraine. Washington Post, "A fierce Kremlin critic who was reportedly killed Tuesday shows up alive on Wednesday," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of jubilation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of jubilation

: great happiness or joy


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Kids Definition of jubilation

: the act of rejoicing : the state of being noisily happy

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