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 jungle (audio) \ adjective
jungly \ ˈjəŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jungle (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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Recent Examples on the Web An estimated 10,000 people -- about half Mindat's population -- are hiding in the jungle, staying in informal camps or nearby villages. Helen Regan And Sandi Sidhu, CNN, 2 June 2021 Such findings are more often pictured in treacherous caves and tangles of jungle, or oozing unseen in the darkest patches of ocean. Eric Boodman, Wired, 29 May 2021 Team names will be color and jungle themed; Blue Barracudas, Purple Parrots, Orange Iguanas, Red Jaguars, Green Monkeys and Silver Snakes are all teams. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 12 May 2021 An indoor jungle could burn down like a common barn. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 11 May 2021 Most recently, she was photographed in Miami in 2020 wearing a jungle print Versace blouse with matching skinny jeans for brunch. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 11 May 2021 Two Republicans, Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey, were the top vote-getters in Saturday's jungle primary in Texas' 6th Congressional District. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 5 May 2021 The farm’s chickens move through what to us is a tangle of bushes but to them is a lush, unending jungle of greenery. BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2021 In the main dining room, a giant jungle-theme mural brings a fun, tropical vibe to the space. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 May 2021

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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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Last Updated

8 Jun 2021

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“Jungle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jungle. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for jungle


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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