yellow jacket

noun
plural yellow jackets

Definition of yellow jacket

1 or yellowjacket \ ˈye-​lō-​ˌja-​kət How to pronounce yellow jacket (audio) , ˈye-​lə-​ \ plural yellowjackets : any of various small vespid wasps (genus Vespula and Dolichovespula) typically with abdomens marked with yellow and black that build nests in the ground or less commonly in aerial locations (such as the eaves of buildings), that usually reach a length of up to .5 inches (1.3 centimeters), and that can sting repeatedly and painfully
2 slang : pentobarbital especially in a yellow capsule usually used in plural

Examples of yellow jacket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raccoons also like to feast on yellow jacket larvae. Bethany Brookshire, Good Housekeeping, 18 June 2022 At the haute couture shows, fashion editor Julia Comil tucked her yellow jacket into a white knee-length short. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 11 May 2022 Dean, in a brown hard hat, blue jeans and yellow jacket, looked on. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 27 Dec. 2021 Dean, in a brown hard hat, blue jeans and yellow jacket, looked on. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 27 Dec. 2021 Dean, in a brown hard hat, blue jeans and yellow jacket, looked on. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 27 Dec. 2021 Dean, in a brown hard hat, blue jeans and yellow jacket, looked on. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 27 Dec. 2021 Dean, in a brown hard hat, blue jeans and yellow jacket, looked on. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 27 Dec. 2021 Court records include photos showing Webler inside the Capitol wearing a bright yellow jacket and a QAnon flag as a cape. Chris Joyner, ajc, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of yellow jacket

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jun 2022

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“Yellow jacket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yellow%20jacket. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for yellow jacket

yellow jacket

noun

Kids Definition of yellow jacket

: a small wasp with yellow markings that usually nests in colonies in the ground and can sting repeatedly and painfully

yellow jacket

noun

Medical Definition of yellow jacket

1 or yellowjacket \ ˈyel-​ō-​ˌjak-​ət How to pronounce yellow jacket (audio) \ : any of various small, social wasps (genus Vespula and Dolichovespula of the family Vespidae) typically with abdomens marked with yellow and black that build nests in the ground or less commonly in aerial locations (as the eaves of buildings), that aggressively defend their nests, and that can sting repeatedly and painfully
2 slang : pentobarbital especially in a yellow capsule usually used in plural

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