ju·​bi·​lee | \ ˈjü-bə-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce jubilee (audio) , ˌjü-bə-ˈlē \

Definition of jubilee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a special anniversary especially : a 50th anniversary
b : a celebration of such an anniversary
b : a season of celebration
3 often capitalized : a year of emancipation and restoration provided by ancient Hebrew law to be kept every 50 years by the emancipation of Hebrew slaves, restoration of alienated lands to their former owners, and omission of all cultivation of the land
4a : a period of time proclaimed by the Roman Catholic pope ordinarily every 25 years as a time of special solemnity
b : a special plenary indulgence granted during a year of jubilee to Roman Catholics who perform certain specified works of repentance and piety
5 : a religious song of African Americans usually referring to a time of future happiness


adjective, often capitalized

Definition of jubilee (Entry 2 of 2)

: flambé cherries jubilee

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Examples of jubilee in a Sentence

Noun the town is planning a year-long jubilee in celebration of its founding 200 years ago
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s why this weekend, the makeup leader is teaming up with Patty Delgado, founder and designer of Hija de Tu Madre and Julissa Prado, CEO and founder of Rizos Curls, for a virtual jubilee titled Jefacon. Blake Newby, Essence, "Smashbox Cosmetics Is Hosting Its First-Ever 'Jefacon' And It's Amplifying Afro-Latina Voices," 4 Dec. 2020 But after that, all winter, mealtimes were a jubilee of elk. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: An Improbable Elk Hunt," 6 Dec. 2020 The big anniversary -- the golden jubilee of the only unsolved skyjacking in U.S. history -- is still a year away, but Eric Ulis is determined to be ready. oregonlive, "Did a hunter find important D.B. Cooper evidence in woods 45 years ago? Long-forgotten FBI memo could spark new searches," 17 Sep. 2020 Anniversary jubilee: First Baptist Church of Strongsville will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Jubilee Sun. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "K-9 Officer Tito welcomes protective vest from Brady’s K-9 Fund: Strong Points," 9 July 2020 With the cancellation of the annual Fourth of July jubilee that normally draws thousands, Pickrell Park in Schertz will be lifeless today. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Scouts and volunteers give Schertz a patriotic lift — 3 miles of flags," 3 July 2020 In 1977, Britons thronged London to celebrate the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, who was marking the 25th year of her reign. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 7 June 2020 This year was supposed to be a victory lap for Dave Grohl: a months-long, meticulously plotted jubilee to mark 25 years of his band Foo Fighters with a new album, a globe-trotting redux of their 1995 tour, and much more. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters anniversary plans, his worst fears, and listening to Fiona Apple," 13 May 2020 The palace is already planning her platinum jubilee, in 2022, marking 70 years on the throne. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Coronavirus Halts Another U.K. Ritual: Birthday Gun Salute for Queen," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of jubilee


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jubilee


Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French jubilé, from Late Latin jubilaeus, modification of Late Greek iōbēlaios, from Hebrew yōbhēl ram's horn, jubilee

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“Jubilee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jubilee. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jubilee

: a special anniversary also : a celebration at the time of such an anniversary


ju·​bi·​lee | \ ˈjü-bə-ˌlē How to pronounce jubilee (audio) , ˌjü-bə-ˈlē \

Kids Definition of jubilee

1 : a 50th anniversary
2 : a time of celebration

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