jum·bo | \ ˈjəm-(ˌ)bō \
plural jumbos

Definition of jumbo 

: a very large specimen of its kind

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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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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 Many Eastern Shore crab houses hoping for a lucky break from the federal government are instead now expecting to remain mostly idle through the summer, without laborers to do the painstaking work needed to produce tubs of jumbo lump meat. Scott Dance, Washington Post, "Many Maryland crab houses expect to go without immigrant workers this summer after again losing visa lottery," 18 June 2018 Held for the second time in North Park, the SoccerCity World Cup Fan Zone features two giant jumbo screens, an assortment of food trucks, a beer garden, and 619 Spirits Bloody Mary bar will serve craft sips for those 21 and up. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Local eateries cool the summer heat with chillin' specials during National Ice Cream month," 12 July 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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