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[johv] /dʒoʊv/
Jupiter (def 1).
Archaic. the planet Jupiter.
by Jove!, (an exclamation used to emphasize an accompanying remark or to express surprise, approval, etc.):
It was a good fight, by Jove!
Origin of Jove
1325-75; Middle English < Latin Jov- (oblique stem of compound nominative Juppiter father Jove), akin. to deus god; cognate with Greek Zeús (genitive Diós) Zeus Unabridged
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  • By Jove, it is said on good authority that Bruce will be taken in as one of the board of directors.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Well then, I see there is no little bird, Tender soever, but is Jove's own care.

    Endymion John Keats
  • And then I was thinking about the bunch of men who've stuck together and by me for five years, like a pack of wolves, by Jove!

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Then as now Jove's thunders from afar had proclaimed the wrath of the gods.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Thus were they assembled within the palace of Jove: nor did Neptune disobey the goddess, but he came to them from the sea.

  • Oh, if you are all going off in the boats, by Jove, I think I'll stick to the ship!

  • Pelter and Crowe, you know—devilish sharp dogs—my lawyers in town—they are regular detectives, by Jove!

    Guy Deverell, v. 1 of 2 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Yes, by Jove, there are boats pulling after us with all the might the rowers can command.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • "You have had a narrow escape, by Jove," said Turpin, who had been thunderstruck with the whole proceeding.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for Jove


another name for Jupiter1
by Jove, an exclamation of surprise or excitement
Word Origin
C14: from Old Latin Jovis Jupiter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Jove

Roman god of the bright sky, late 14c., from Latin Iovis, from PIE *dyeu- "to shine," with derivatives referring to the sky, heavens, a god (see diurnal, and cf. Zeus). In classical Latin, the compound Iuppiter replaced Old Latin Iovis as the god's name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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