jum·​bo | \ ˈjəm-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce jumbo (audio) \
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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Lee, meanwhile, jumped into the mumbo-jumbo with both feet and a collection of other appendages as well. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The larger-than-life huckster dialogue of Stan Lee," 13 Nov. 2018 These days, few new planes generate the sort of buzz that the original jumbo—the Boeing 747—or the supersonic Concorde did back in the 1970s. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 New Planes That Will Change the Way You Travel," 4 Sep. 2018 The effort culminated in the YAL-1, a 747 jumbo jet outfitted with a chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Will Try to Make a Missile-Destroying Laser Drone," 15 June 2017 Whether your little one is playing, napping, or guarding the house, the jumbo-size plush will always come to the rescue. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Holiday Gifts for Whatever Your Child Is Currently Obsessing Over," 16 Nov. 2018 The Pentagon’s estimated budget had remained steady at around $3.1 billion for the planes, which will replace two aging jumbos that have become costly to maintain. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "U.S., Boeing Complete $3.9 Billion Air Force One Deal," 17 July 2018 There’s some more legal mumbo-jumbo in the inset box. Jason Gay, WSJ, "27 More Rules of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football," 19 Nov. 2018 Now that every app designer has Google’s guidelines and the Pixel 3 XL’s jumbo notch to test with, that effort can be saved. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sales are a measure of sales, not importance," 16 Oct. 2018 CLEAR LAKE Bass fishing has slowed for most anglers but some action is being posted on live jumbo shiners. sacbee, "Fishing line: Trout action improves near Folsom Dam," 9 Jan. 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 How to pronounce jumbo (audio) \

Kids Definition of jumbo

: very large jumbo eggs

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