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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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 Violence, exuberance, pain, or jubilation; nothing generates a response until Glover tries to run. Michael Charles Collett, Teen Vogue, "Donald Glover's "This Is America" Doesn't Exist in a Vacuum — But Black Art Never Has," 9 May 2018 In jubilation, many threw their hands in the air or threw their arms around their colleagues. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Hanging out at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory," 27 Nov. 2018 Following the decision on Sharif, his supporters rushed to the court in jubilation, chanting pro-Sharif slogans. Zarar Khan, Fox News, "Pakistan court suspends prison sentence, frees ex-PM Sharif," 19 Sep. 2018 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

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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