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[joo-buh-luh nt] /ˈdʒu bə lənt/
showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant:
the cheers of the jubilant victors; the jubilant climax of his symphony.
Origin of jubilant
1660-70; < Latin jūbilant- (stem of jūbilāns, present participle of jūbilāre to shout, whoop), equivalent to jūbil- shout + -ant- -ant
Related forms
jubilance, jubilancy, noun
jubilantly, adverb
unjubilant, adjective
unjubilantly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jubilance
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  • It was not long, but it fairly sang with jubilance and the feel of it in his hand was warm.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Light beams pass and repass in jubilance over the grass blades.

    Minstrel Weather Marian Storm
  • Then there came a rush of glad life to his heart and he could have shouted in his jubilance.

    Castle Craneycrow George Barr McCutcheon
  • Birds were chanting matins as if all the jubilance of their short lives must be poured out at once.

    Moods Louisa May Alcott
  • With what a spring of determination, with what a shout of jubilance, will the people rise to their emancipation!

    The New Freedom Woodrow Wilson
  • The three met with jubilance, and drove straight to the Savoy, for there was not more than time to have tea and dress.

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • Art Kuzak's reply had an undercurrent of jubilance, as if whatever he knew now was better than he had expected.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • He waited until they came up, their horses pounding over the uneven sod urged by the jubilance of their riders.

  • "I see now the inspiration to song and jubilance that prevented you from sleeping," she said, nodding her head sagaciously.

    Told In The Hills Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for jubilance


feeling or expressing great joy
Derived Forms
jubilance, jubilancy, noun
jubilantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin jūbilāns shouting for joy, from jūbilāre to give a joyful cry, from jūbilum a shout, wild cry
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Word Origin and History for jubilance

1860; see jubilant + -ance.



1660s, from Latin jubilantem (nominative jubilans), present participle of jubilare "to call to someone," in Christian writers, "to shout for joy," related to jubilum "wild shout." First attested in Milton. Related: Jubilantly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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