extraordinary jubilee


noun

See under jubilee(def 5b).

Definition for extraordinary jubilee (2 of 2)

jubilee

[ joo-buh-lee, joo-buh-lee ]
/ ˈdʒu bəˌli, ˌdʒu bəˈli /

noun

adjective

flambé(def 1): cherries jubilee for dessert.

Origin of jubilee

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French jubile < Late Latin < jūbilaeus < Late Greek iōbēlaîos (with ō and ē > u and i by assimilation to Latin jūbilāre to shout for joy) < Hebrew yōbhēl ram's horn, jubilee
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British Dictionary definitions for extraordinary jubilee

jubilee

/ (ˈdʒuːbɪˌliː, ˌdʒuːbɪˈliː) /

noun

a time or season for rejoicing
a special anniversary, esp a 25th or 50th one
RC Church a specially appointed period, now ordinarily every 25th year, in which special indulgences are granted
Old Testament a year that was to be observed every 50th year, during which Hebrew slaves were to be liberated, alienated property was to be restored, etc
a less common word for jubilation

Word Origin for jubilee

C14: from Old French jubile, from Late Latin jubilaeus, from Late Greek iōbēlaios, from Hebrew yōbhēl ram's horn, used for the proclamation of the year of jubilee; influenced by Latin jūbilāre to shout for joy
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Word Origin and History for extraordinary jubilee

jubilee


n.

late 14c., in the Old Testament sense, from Old French jubileu "jubille; anniversary; rejoicing," from Late Latin jubilaeus "the jubilee year," originally an adjective, "of the jubilee," altered (by association with Latin jubilare "to shout with joy") from Greek iabelaios, from iobelos, from Hebrew yobhel "jubilee," formerly "a trumpet, ram's horn," literally "ram."

The original notion was of a year of emancipation of slaves and restoration of lands, to be celebrated every 50th year (Levit. xxv:9); it was proclaimed by the sounding of a ram's horn on the Day of Atonement. The Catholic Church sense of "a period for remission of sin penalties in exchange for pilgrimages, alms, etc." was begun in 1300 by Boniface VIII. The general sense of "season of rejoicing" is first recorded mid-15c., though through early 20c. the word kept its specific association with 50th anniversaries. As a type of African-American folk song, it is attested from 1872.

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