noun (1)
\ ˈjüt How to pronounce jute (audio) \

Definition of jute

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: 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 How to pronounce Jute (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Jutish (audio) \ adjective

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The Ghanaian artist covered the entire structure in weathered jute sacks, a crude but durable material evocative of the global flow of both goods and people, which has for so long shaped this cosmopolitan city. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 Apr. 2019 The cash crops included cotton, jute, indigo, sugar, tea and coffee. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 That's why Joanna used natural elements in her decor, including stone and wood, then supplemented this with stucco, jute, quartz, and fresh greenery details. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Says the Latest Fixer-Upper Project Is One of Her All-Time Favorites," 27 Dec. 2017 Rugs are generally straw, seagrass, or jute, and fabrics are simple and devoid of shine. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Coastal Design," 2 Nov. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of jute was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of jute

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


\ ˈjüt How to pronounce jute (audio) \

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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