verb (used without object), ju·bi·lat·ed, ju·bi·lat·ing.

to show or feel great joy; rejoice; exult.
to celebrate a jubilee or joyful occasion.

Nearby words

  1. jube,
  2. jubilance,
  3. jubilant,
  4. jubilantly,
  5. jubilarian,
  6. jubilatio,
  7. jubilation,
  8. jubilatory,
  9. jubilee,
  10. jubilee year

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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British Dictionary definitions for jubilatory


verb (intr)

to have or express great joy; rejoice
to celebrate a jubilee

Word Origin for jubilate

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



RC Church Church of England the 100th psalm used as a canticle in the liturgy
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 jubilatory



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

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