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 The garden was a jungle, the windows were drafty, the walls were damp, and the abbot at the time was tired of his job, according to Abbot Choriol. New York Times, "A Stained-Glass Gift, From God and Gerhard Richter," 18 Sep. 2020 Turn your little kitty into a ferocious (and adorable) king or queen of the jungle for the night. Katey Clifford, oregonlive, "Halloween costumes for cats and dogs: Hotdogs, Disney characters, UPS uniforms and more," 26 Sep. 2020 Once a sight to behold only in the wild, the raccoon has become quite the late-night resident in the urban jungle, poking his furry little head into our attics, our chimneys and our garbage. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Fun facts about raccoons, the masked bandits that steal hearts as well as garbage around San Antonio," 25 Aug. 2020 In a few words When I was born, a blind, Buddhist monk, living alone in the Burmese jungle, predicted that my birth would bring great prosperity to the family. National Geographic, "They risk their lives to save elephants," 6 Aug. 2020 Most people travel to the Caribbean for its beaches, but at Golden Rock Inn, guests come for a taste of the jungle. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Buy Out This Gorgeous Caribbean Hotel for Less Than $3,000 a Night — Here's What It Includes," 19 Sep. 2020 Its walls and ceiling are covered in wallpaper in a colorful jungle pattern that Dedar produced for Hermès. Tom Delavan, New York Times, "In Italy, a Fabric Designer’s Wildly Colorful Home," 18 Sep. 2020 Think of a special-forces unit sent into the field for days in a jungle or desert. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "A Pilotless Pilot Program," 14 Sep. 2020 But the law of the downtown architectural jungle is that the small inexorably gives way to the big. Larry Millett, Star Tribune, "In 1950s, modernizing Minneapolis saw a major loss of modest buildings," 11 Sep. 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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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jungle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jungle. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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