[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 jubilant

Contemporary Examples of jubilant

Historical Examples of jubilant

  • Gavard now showed the most jubilant bearing at Monsieur Lebigre's.

  • The captain was so excited and jubilant that he was incoherent.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • At last his jubilant spirit was conquered; he realized that something was amiss.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • But they found the girl sitting tense and jubilant at the controls.

    The End of Time

    Wallace West

  • But his was the only jubilant note that was sounded, his the only voice that was raised.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for jubilant



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 jubilant

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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