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
Recent Examples on the Web Joel Glazer, one of the team’s co-owners, hoisted the conference championship trophy to the jubilation of Tom Brady and everyone around. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Reclusive Billionaires Chasing a Super Bowl—and a Premier League Title," 6 Feb. 2021 Instead, that season gave us 13 wins, and the ritual quickly became more jubilation than consolation. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "Red beans and Saints: reliving a historic season through two New Orleans passions," 18 Jan. 2021 What could’ve and should’ve represented a night of redemption and jubilation for the Washington Football Team and quarterback Dwayne Haskins instead came to a nauseating end for the organization and its fans. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: QB Dwayne Haskins seems to be out of chances with the Washington Football Team," 28 Dec. 2020 Following an emotional outpouring after a win over the Steelers on Sunday night, the tone appears to have reset quickly from jubilation to work. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Playing with house money? It doesn’t sound like it for these Browns," 15 Jan. 2021 The rubber swan appears, and the chorus bursts into songs of jubilation. Barnaby Crowcroft, National Review, "Eternal Lessons from Wagner’s Last Opera," 26 Dec. 2020 There was jubilation in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and sorrow and anger in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "In Bitter Nagorno-Karabakh War, a Reordering of Regional Powers," 10 Nov. 2020 Maybe the former Mack Brown graduate assistant just got wrapped up in that moment of jubilation, of clinching a winning season after three straight sub-.500 campaigns and securing the program’s first bowl win since 2013. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "After loss to Iowa State, Herman and Texas come to a crossroads," 30 Nov. 2020 This dramatic outcome has triggered mass jubilation in Azerbaijan, plunged Armenia into a storm of national anguish, and left international diplomacy licking its wounds. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "On Russia's flank, a small war heralds big changes," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of jubilation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jubilation

see jubilate

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“Jubilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jubilation. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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