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 These remote and ferociously inhospitable highlands are heavily forested, sitting at the transition point between the Amazon jungle and the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Steph Dyson, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Hotel Esencia is the brainchild of talented Hollywood producer and media mogul Kevin Wendle who saw the property as an opportunity to create the perfect retreat located between jungle and ocean, highlighting extreme luxury and hospitality. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 These roads act like canals, funnelling water into Bacalar even as agriculture, forest fires, and construction have razed jungle and forests across the peninsula. Allison Keeley, The New Yorker, 12 July 2021 Our balcony included a whirlpool spa with private jungle and volcano views. Chris Kenning, USA TODAY, 16 May 2021 Washington was born for a happy family life, but unhappy chances had thrown him off his path and into this apartment, to the jungle and the swamp. Michael Hofmann, Harper's Magazine, 27 Oct. 2020 Children have reportedly died in the jungle, and some pregnant women have given birth. Astrid Suarez, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Sep. 2021 At the archaeological site, a vast network of pathways winds through the jungle between plazas and soaring pyramids, whose peaks rise like mountains above the canopy. Michael Snyder, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Sep. 2021 Breathtaking is one way to describe the bird's-eye view of Mandapa, which looks like a fairytale scene combining river, jungle, rice terraces, and temples. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'jungle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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6 Oct 2021

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“Jungle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jungle. Accessed 17 Oct. 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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