jum·​bo | \ˈjəm-(ˌ)bō \
plural jumbos

Definition of jumbo 

: a very large specimen of its kind

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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

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Two jumbo plaits taken down is a universally flattering hairstyle that's easy to do. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "Lace Frontier: A Beginner's Guide to the World of Wigs," 10 Sep. 2018 The 747 jumbo jets are modified to include special characteristics, including a self-defense system, a communications suite and other structural changes designed to protect the president and others for extended periods of time. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Harley-Davidson is just the latest U.S. company to weather a Trump tweet storm," 27 June 2018 But fuel prices proved to be a significant headwind for the four-engine jumbo jet. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Last Rites for a Boeing 747," 6 June 2018 The Eagles drumline played, soldiers trotted out a jumbo-sized American flag, a school choir sang the anthem and there was a fireworks display to close the evening. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "For One Night, Carson Wentz Returns to the Field," 3 June 2018 Pricing: Hot dogs are $3.29 (a jumbo char dog is $5.09). Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Dear Franks inspires loyalty in Deerfield," 11 July 2018 Lobster rolls are served in three sizes (junior, regular, and jumbo), with the choice of mayo, Miracle Whip, or drawn butter. Erinne Magee, BostonGlobe.com, "In Eastport, sunrises and lobster," 21 June 2018 At the other end of the supply chain, wholesalers and retailers in places like Baltimore are scrambling to get locally sourced jumbo lump crabmeat. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Maryland’s Crab Country: Not Enough Visas, Not Enough Workers," 11 May 2018 These jumbo geodes have all been bought by one family and will be cut open with much fanfare at 3 p.m. on July 4 at Palculich's booth. Barbara Henry, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Geode collectors depend on skill, luck to pick out special pieces," 20 June 2018

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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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jum·​bo | \ˈjəm-bō \

Kids Definition of jumbo

: very large jumbo eggs

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