verb (used without object), ju·bi·lat·ed, ju·bi·lat·ing.
  1. to show or feel great joy; rejoice; exult.
  2. to celebrate a jubilee or joyful occasion.

Origin of jubilate

1595–1605; < Latin jūbilātus (past participle of jūbilāre to shout for joy), equivalent to jūbil- shout + -ātus -ate1
Related formsju·bi·la·to·ry [joo-buh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdʒu bə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Related Words for jubilated

bully, glory, crow, revel, brag, gloat, bluster, triumph, vaunt

Examples from the Web for jubilated

Historical Examples of jubilated

  • “It was the third time and out for them, all right,” jubilated Teddy.

  • “I was perfectly sure that Ross was telling us the truth,” jubilated Teddy.

  • It happened to be another decision rendered in a letter, and they jubilated together over the sentiment conveyed therein.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Sotomayor was jubilated with half his salary of nine thousand ducats, which he enjoyed for five years longer.

  • Certainly, Bear Creek jubilated with a greater degree of noise than did the others.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for jubilated


verb (intr)
  1. to have or express great joy; rejoice
  2. to celebrate a jubilee

Word Origin for jubilate

C17: from Latin jūbilāre to raise a shout of joy; see jubilant


  1. RC Church Church of England the 100th psalm used as a canticle in the liturgy
  2. a musical setting of this psalm

Word Origin for Jubilate

from the opening word (Jubilate make a joyful noise) of the Vulgate version
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Word Origin and History for jubilated



"make a joyful noise," 1640s, from Latin jubilatus, past participle of jubilare (see jubilant). Related: Jubilated; jubilating.

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