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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The Awkward Black Girl creator who’s accustomed to standing out donned a beautiful jumbo braid that stuck out like a sore thumb. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Issa Rae Looks Like A Mermaid In New Hair," 13 June 2019 That’s fine, because the automaker must maintain focus while expanding the brand with vehicles like the new Ascent three-row crossover that looks like a jumbo Outback and is built in Indiana. Casey Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Subaru at 50: How AWD, a flat engine and good timing prevailed in the U.S.," 28 Feb. 2018 But the best part of her look was her new jumbo box braids, which stretched down to her waist. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna Wore Jumbo Box Braids Down to Her Waist and Fans Are Loving the Look," 29 Apr. 2019 And not just any list: a special jumbo-sized roundup just for Cyber Monday. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: The Cyber Monday 2018 tech deals that are worth your time [Updated]," 26 Nov. 2018 The universe also offers a jumbo-size manifestation of these umbral beasts: the supermassive black hole. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Book Review: Feeling Gravity’s Pull," 16 Nov. 2018 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

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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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