jugular

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noun

jug·​u·​lar ˈjə-gyə-lər How to pronounce jugular (audio)
also
ˈjü- How to pronounce jugular (audio)
also
-g(ə-)lər How to pronounce jugular (audio)
1
2
: the most vital or vulnerable part of something
showed an instinct for the jugular in competition

jugular

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adjective

1
: of or relating to the throat or neck
2
: of or relating to the jugular vein

Example Sentences

Noun a sadistic training instructor who would seek out a recruit's jugular and then go for it
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Instead of trying to keep the drive alive, Oregon State went for the jugular, a long sideline pass to Anthony Gould some 40 yards downfield. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2022 People in Boston go at you, but in Philly go for the jugular. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Oct. 2022 Whether playing safety or scrum-half, Keough prefers to go for the jugular. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 Disney’s upfront, late night host Jimmy Kimmel went for the metaphorical jugular. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 May 2022 Even with an understanding of Smart’s talent, McDonald felt his co-star’s responses in his gut each time Marty has to go for the jugular. Carita Rizzo, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2022 Lamont’s approach to Stefanowski rarely involves a lunge for the jugular. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 31 May 2022 Powell's already warmed them up for a big letdown, and if given the opportunity today, will deliver the jugular. Oliver Renick, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 In contrast, Biden went for jugular and not the capillaries. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Late Latin jugularis, from Latin jugulum collarbone, throat, from jugum yoke — more at yoke

First Known Use

Noun

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of jugular was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Jugular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jugular. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

jugular

adjective
jug·​u·​lar
ˈjəg-yə-lər
1
: of, relating to, or situated in or on the throat or neck
2
: of or relating to the jugular vein

Medical Definition

jugular

1 of 2 adjective
jug·​u·​lar
ˈjəg-yə-lər also ˈjüg- or -(ə-)lər
1
: of or relating to the throat or neck
2
: of or relating to the jugular vein
jugular pulsations

jugular

2 of 2 noun

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