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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of jove

  • At this point, a normal, fair-minded human being would think, "Well, by jove, we've got to get out there and equal them."

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    Florida Is Going Democratic

    Michael Tomasky

    August 30, 2012

Historical Examples of jove

  • You don't know her, you know, nor the old beggar either, by Jove!

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Jove, I believe it's more funk than anything else, that's laid him low.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • In Italy it was the tree of Jove, great father of immortals and of mankind.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • By Jove, he did fit into a home, here certainly was a different Joe.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Themis has left her throne on the right hand of Jove, and descended to the globe of earth.


    William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for jove



another name for Jupiter 1
by Jove an exclamation of surprise or excitement

Word Origin for Jove

C14: from Old Latin Jovis Jupiter
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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.

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