jungle

noun, often attributive
jun·​gle | \ ˈjəŋ-gəl How to pronounce jungle (audio) \

Definition of jungle

1a : an impenetrable thicket or tangled mass of tropical vegetation
b : a tract overgrown with thickets or masses of vegetation
2a(1) : a confused or disordered mass of objects : jumble
(2) : something that baffles or frustrates by its tangled or complex character : maze the jungle of housing laws— Bernard Taper
b : a place of ruthless struggle for survival the city is a jungle where no one is safe after dark— Stuart Chase
3 : electronic dance music that combines elements of techno, reggae, and hip-hop and is marked especially by an extremely fast beat
4 : a hobo camp

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Other Words from jungle

junglelike \ ˈjəŋ-​gə(l)-​ˌlīk How to pronounce junglelike (audio) \ adjective
jungly \ ˈjəŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jungly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of jungle in a Sentence

life in the corporate jungle It's hard to succeed in the business world. It's a jungle out there. a jungle of environmental laws
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Cushy furniture, layers of plush rugs, and a jungle of plants also populate the space. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 All in all, the aesthetics are meant to convey stumbling upon the remnants of a plane crash on some remote, desolate island jungle. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s tiki bar to end all tiki bars is quietly brooding in Duboce Triangle," 21 June 2018 Kathleen Turner plays a dowdy romance novelist who, after her sister is kidnapped by thugs in the Colombian jungle, discovers her own life is in danger and must bring a treasure map to her sister’s captors. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "40 Classic Movies You Should See If You Love Rom-Coms," 2 Feb. 2017 Led by Manari Ushigua, an indigenous leader and shaman, the five- or- seven-day programs focus on meditation, traditional healing rituals, botany, dream interpretation, jungle treks, and river swims. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Peep Jaz's Instagram and see her on beaches/cities/jungles galore. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "8 Fun Facts About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Star Jaz Sinclair," 12 Dec. 2018 Family- friendly Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens and its adults-only neighbor, Nayara Springs, in Arenal Volcano National Park, opened a third sister property this fall, Nayara Tented Camp, on a hillside surrounded by jungle. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Yeast is like a jungle plant that thrives in damp, warm environments. Isadora Baum, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Vulva or Vagina Might Get All Swollen," 30 Nov. 2018 Nicki gets her twerk on, from the jungle to the gym, in the famous video for her hit 2014 single. Nicole Demarco And Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "14 Sexy Music Videos You Definitely Shouldn't Watch at Work," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of jungle

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for jungle

Hindi jaṅgal & Urdu jangal forest, from Sanskrit jaṅgala desert region

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More Definitions for jungle

jungle

noun
jun·​gle | \ ˈjəŋ-gəl How to pronounce jungle (audio) \

Kids Definition of jungle

1 : a thick or tangled growth of tropical plants The explorers hacked at the jungle to clear a path.
2 : a large area of land usually in a tropical region covered with a thick tangled growth of plants

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