jum·​bo | \ ˈjəm-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce jumbo (audio) \
plural jumbos

Definition of jumbo

: a very large specimen of its kind

Other Words from jumbo

jumbo adjective

Examples of jumbo in a Sentence

the winner in the contest for biggest pumpkin was a jumbo that weighed in at over a thousand pounds
Recent Examples on the Web On a $1 million jumbo, the difference between 3.31% and 5.08% adds $1,032. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 May 2022 With so much filling, these jumbo treats only fit four cookies in each package. Sabrina Weiss, PEOPLE.com, 12 Apr. 2022 Also Rockefeller Butterfish, Alaskan Sablefish topped with creamy spinach and jumbo lump crab and its Baja scallops and shrimp scampi pasta filled with tender bay scallops, tossed with shrimp in a garlic scampi sauce over linguini. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 28 Feb. 2022 The medium bags are capable of holding eight to ten sweaters, while the jumbo can fit an entire set of queen-size bedding. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 14 Feb. 2022 While many of these sound a bit like marketing mumbo-jumbo, Three Spirit makes surprisingly lovely functional spirits alternatives. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Boeing expects to deliver the last ever jumbo -- 747-8 Freighter -- to customer Atlas Air later this year. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 Gusts of wind stirred up clouds of dust as the machine, called a jumbo, lumbered from one position to the next on a narrow dirt road. Michael Holtz, The Atlantic, 24 Jan. 2022 Justin Fullerton Now progressive young shoppers are reviving JNCO’s jumbo-sized jeans. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of jumbo

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jumbo

Jumbo, a huge elephant exhibited by P. T. Barnum

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20 May 2022

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“Jumbo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumbo. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of jumbo

: very large jumbo eggs

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