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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The lushness of the ferns, trees, bushes, and flowers intensifies as the summer drones on, crescendoing into a jungle of vegetation by August, just when the heat is at its most oppressive. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "The Backyard at Saturdays Is My One Way Ticket Out of NYC’s Gnarly Summer Heat," 14 June 2019 Nineteen-year-old foster child Lily leaves Boston for Bolivia and falls for a former hunter from a distant village named Omar, who invites Lily with him into the jungle after his 4-year-old nephew is killed by a jaguar. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon adventures, LAMBDA laureates, and local natives," 13 June 2019 USA TODAY Silence, jungle! Beyonce is speaking at last. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Beyonce's lioness Nala tells Simba to 'come home' in new 'Lion King' teaser, Twitter roars," 3 June 2019 Kim's entire home was transformed into a jungle, complete with countless trees, safari hats, treasure chests, and wooden furniture. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Shared the Sweetest Family Photos from Saint's Birthday Party," 12 Dec. 2018 Giay said villagers who fled into the mountainous jungle were in danger of being sick from cold and hunger. Niniek Karmini, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia rejects rebels’ demand on Papua independence talks," 11 Dec. 2018 The party itself was pretty impressive, as the reality star turned her house into a jungle to go with the Tarzan theme. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "North West Dressed Like a Selena Gomez Music Video for Her Brother's Birthday Party," 2 Dec. 2018 Unlike the desert in Kazakhstan or the swamp in Florida, jungle defines the CSG in Kourou. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 Every year thousands of tourists visit jungle retreats in Peru, Colombia and Ecuador to try ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic elixir made of native plants that is thought to heal some mental illnesses. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 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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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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