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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Recent Examples on the Web In Jungle Cruise, Blunt plays a scientist who enlists the help of a riverboat captain (Dwayne Johnson) to find a jungle tree with healing powers. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Summer 2020 movies: Here are the new release dates," 22 June 2020 For me, someone who grew up in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, camp was full of firsts. Dallas News, "It’s one thing to miss months of school, but taking away summer camps? That’s a beating for kids," 19 June 2020 There was no advantage to strategic thinking or planning in a totally open or totally closed environment, like open water or a dense jungle. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Prehistoric 'clutter' on land led to bigger, smarter human brains," 19 June 2020 Now 49, Wolfe had traded the Cameroonian jungle for the conference rooms of Silicon Valley. Evan Ratliff, Wired, "We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?," 16 June 2020 Led by Norman, the troop decided to bury the valuable treasure deep in the heart of the jungle and return for it long after the war ceased. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Spike Lee Highlights The Real Trauma Of Black Veterans In Da 5 Bloods," 15 June 2020 Fully committed to its jungle theme, the pool features inflatable animals (which are detachable—the giraffe also doubles as a basketball hoop), palm trees, and a rainforest water slide. Popular Science, "The best inflatable kiddie pools for backyard fun," 8 June 2020 Passing that on to my son just weeks after doing the same thing in the jungle was pretty amazing. Jill K. Robinson, National Geographic, "How to cook a piranha? Gordon Ramsay on skills he learned making travel TV," 5 June 2020 The tiny Laotian mahout atop his enormous elephant sparked dreams of jungle journeys across Southeast Asia. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, "Why Stamp Collecting Is Suddenly Back in Vogue," 5 June 2020

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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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The first known use of jungle was in 1776

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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jungle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jungle. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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