noun (1)
\ˈjüt \

Definition of jute 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the glossy fiber of either of two Asian plants (Corchorus olitorius and C. capsularis) of the linden family used chiefly for sacking, burlap, and twine also : a plant producing jute


noun (2)
\ˈjüt \

Definition of Jute (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of a Germanic people invading England from the Continent and settling in Kent in the fifth century

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Noun (2)

Jutish \ˈjü-​tish \ adjective

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Titan Survivorcord is a paracord that includes fishing line, snare wire, and a strand of jute twine infused with wax, for fire-starting. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "What doomsday preppers are buying this Black Friday," 21 Nov. 2018 When the jute mills closed in the 1970s and ’80s due a decline in production, Dundee fell into a post-industrial hangover. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the New V&A Museum Is Changing an Entire Scottish City," 14 Sep. 2018 Photo: Scott Frances Age and Beauty, Simultaneously Pieces in the dining area of the great room—namely a jute rug and chairs framed with metal like bendy pasta—also mellow the house’s hard lines with natural materials and shapes. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "How to Warm Up a Home Without Cluttering It Up," 12 Oct. 2018 The jute twine used to help secure the large planks around the garden perimeter would have been too rough on these tender stems. Country Living, "#18 Lazy Man's Tomato Staking," 19 July 2011 Once belonging to a wealthy jute baron, the building is one of the area’s last remaining intact mansion houses. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Guide to Dundee, Scotland—the First City Outside London to Get Its Very Own V&A Museum," 14 July 2018 The casual jute material offers an appealing contrast to the traditional Chesterfield tufted sofa from Restoration Hardware. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Los Angeles Home That Exudes Comfortable Hotel Style," 15 June 2016 To do this, Silverman tested several fabrics and decided upon an insulation material comprised of recycled cotton and jute, a rough fiber similar to twine or rope. Kristen A. Schmitt, Smithsonian, "Are These Baked Mushroom Sandals the Future of Fashion?," 23 May 2018 The molokhia leaves are also known as jute or Jew’s mallow (a bitter green somewhere between spinach and sorrel that can get viscous, similarly to okra, when cooked). Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "This Braised Chicken Soup with Greens Recipe Is PERFECT for Spring," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of jute

Noun (1)

1746, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jute

Noun (1)

Bengali jhuṭo

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Medieval Latin Jutae Jutes, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English Eotenas Jutes

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English Language Learners Definition of jute

: a natural fiber that is used for making rope and cloth


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Kids Definition of jute

: a strong glossy fiber from a tropical plant used chiefly for making sacks and twine


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Medical Definition of jute 

: the glossy fiber of either of two Asian plants (Corchorus olitorius and C. capsularis) of the linden family (Tiliaceae) formerly used in absorbent dressings

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