[joo-buh-luh nt]


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 formsju·bi·lance, ju·bi·lan·cy, nounju·bi·lant·ly, adverbun·ju·bi·lant, adjectiveun·ju·bi·lant·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for jubilance

Historical Examples of jubilance

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for jubilance



feeling or expressing great joy
Derived Formsjubilance or jubilancy, nounjubilantly, adverb

Word Origin for jubilant

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.

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