[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. jubal,
  2. jubate,
  3. jubbah,
  4. jubbulpore,
  5. jube,
  6. jubilantly,
  7. jubilarian,
  8. jubilate,
  9. jubilatio,
  10. jubilation

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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British Dictionary definitions for jubilant


/ (ˈdʒuːbɪlənt) /


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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