- 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
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Examples from the Web for joves
Joves ambrosial curls must shake in another Olympia than this.The Crest of the Continent
Did you not learn whilst a youth, that at the gates of Joves palace stand two vessels, one full of blessings, the other of woes?
Varro trecentos Joves, sive Jupiteres, dicendum, —— introducit.
Like dozens of dozing Joves a dull discourse always set them nodding.Police!!!
Robert W. Chambers
- another name for Jupiter 1
- by Jove an exclamation of surprise or excitement
C14: from Old Latin Jovis Jupiter
Word Origin and History for joves
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