ju·​bi·​la·​tion | \ˌjü-bə-ˈlā-shən \

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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Babchenko’s resurfacing immediately brought cheers of jubilation from his colleagues at Radio Free Europe in Ukraine. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Anti-Kremlin journalist faked his own death, Ukraine’s security chief says," 30 May 2018 But this season, some of those rules were loosened, leading to the possibility of more colorful expressions of jubilation. Victor Mather, New York Times, "The More Things Change, the More Brady and Belichick Stay the Same," 30 Jan. 2018 From jubilation to sorrow, Fernandes then turned villain after missing the target from the spot, with Fyodor Smolov also kept out in the shootout that was won 4-3 by Croatia. SI.com, "Russia 2-2 Croatia (3-4 Pens): Heartbreak for Hosts as Croatia Secure Last 4 Clash Against England," 7 July 2018 Windsor was filled with the sound of ecstatic cheers and jubilation in a celebration of love and Britishness. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "A day in Windsor when everything changed," 19 May 2018 Within hours, Mr Sargsyan stepped down, causing jubilation on the streets of Yerevan, and envy among the opposition in Russia. The Economist, "People power pushes out Armenia’s boss, who was trying to do a Putin," 26 Apr. 2018 The tournament has resulted in scenes of jubilation around Britain, and thousands of fans have traveled to Russia to cheer their team on. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "U.K. official accuses Russia of dumping poison in Britain," 5 July 2018 The levels of jubilation can vary depending on how significant the strike is, or depending on the passion of the scorer. SI.com, "6 of the Wildest Celebrations Ever Seen in Football," 19 June 2018 Their sense of jubilation could be felt all day as Twitter was alight with memes both celebrating Philadelphia's trip to the big game and, eventually its win over New England. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Super Bowl 2018: 20 of the best memes, from selfie kid to Eagles misspelling things," 4 Feb. 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


ju·​bi·​la·​tion | \ˌjü-bə-ˈlā-shən \

Kids Definition of jubilation

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

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