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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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 Inside, excitations with unfamiliar pets seem canine jubilation itself. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Park Avenue's Pet Whisperer," 3 Sep. 2014 The unexpected resignation prompted scenes of jubilation in the capital, Yerevan, and other cities. New York Times, "‘I Was Wrong’: Armenian Leader Quits Amid Protests," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of jubilation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jubilation

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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