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) \

Definition of jugular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the most vital or vulnerable part of something showed an instinct for the jugular in competition



Definition of jugular (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of jugular in a Sentence

Noun a sadistic training instructor who would seek out a recruit's jugular and then go for it
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And lest the whole thing sound kind of uncommercial, the album has several tracks that use those aforementioned teeth to go for the commercial jugular, albeit in an alt-rock, not Top 40, vein. Chris Willman, Variety, 26 Aug. 2021 Going for the jugular, Boone pinch-hit with Stanton, who ripped an RBI single to center to complete a three-run inning. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2021 Her motivation: fear that the Biden White House and most Democratic consultants are too reasonable and too reluctant to go for the jugular. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 16 Aug. 2021 Andonovski asked his team to play conservatively against Australia, which clearly didn’t fit a cocky, confident team that is used to going for the jugular. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 An animal can be bled once a month, from the jugular. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Here, the two face off with an increasingly grim back and forth, ending with Lucille Bluth going for the jugular. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 25 Mar. 2021 The tube carrying the blood passed through the jugular and into another vein; its tip extended just barely into the top of the heart's right atrium. Mark Johnson, jsonline.com, 18 Mar. 2021 That withdrawal of confidence may or may not have been justified on the merits, but presidential campaigns have an instinct for the jugular, and the people around Joe Biden built theirs around this Trump vulnerability. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of jugular


1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jugular


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

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The first known use of jugular was in 1597

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12 Sep 2021

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“Jugular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jugular. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jugular


jug·​u·​lar | \ ˈjəg-yə-lər also ˈjüg- or -(ə-)lər \

Medical Definition of jugular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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