- an appointed year or other period, ordinarily every 25 years (ordinary jubilee ), in which a plenary indulgence is granted upon repentance and the performance of certain religious acts.
- a period of time (extraordinary jubilee ) declared by the pope as a time of rejoicing, as for an anniversary, when a plenary indulgence is granted upon repentance and the performance of certain religious acts.
- Also called jubilee indulgence. the plenary indulgence granted during such a period.
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What is a jubilee?
A jubilee is a particular anniversary of a special occasion or the celebration of such an anniversary.
In particular, the word jubilee is often used to refer to celebrations that mark the anniversary of the coronation of a monarch. The word is often used in tandem with special terms that indicate the length of the reign.
Certain jubilees are referred to with specific names to indicate a particular anniversary. For example:
- silver jubilee: 25th anniversary
- golden jubilee: 50th anniversary
- diamond jubilee: 60th anniversary (or 75th anniversary)
- platinum jubilee: 70th anniversary
(These modifiers are often applied to the word anniversary as well, as in silver anniversary and platinum anniversary.)
In 2022, a platinum jubilee was planned for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of her coronation (making her the first British monarch in history to reign long enough to celebrate a platinum jubilee).
Example: Rulers from around the world attended the Queen’s jubilee.
The word jubilee is used in more specific ways in the contexts of Roman Catholicism and Judaism to refer to certain periodic religious occasions.
More generally, the word jubilee can refer to any joyous celebration or time of rejoicing.
This general sense is the basis for the more specific use of the word jubilee to refer to a Black American folk song concerned with future happiness or deliverance from tribulation.
Where does jubilee come from?
The first records of the word jubilee in English come from the 1300s. Jubilee ultimately comes from the Hebrew word yōbhēl, referring to a ram’s horn that was used as a trumpet. This instrument, called a shofar, was used to mark Jewish religious occasions, including the one observed every 50 years and known as the Year of Jubilee.
The spelling of jubilee was influenced by the Latin verb jūbilāre, meaning “to shout for joy.”
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How is jubilee used in real life?
The word jubilee is used in the context of anniversaries and the celebrations of them, especially those that mark a monarch’s reign.
Britain is marking Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee on Sunday, coming 70 years after she was proclaimed monarch. @sylviahui reports on key moments of change during Elizabeth's reign. https://t.co/PcczPJUWCy
— AP Europe (@AP_Europe) February 3, 2022
Congratulations to the people of Slovenia on the silver jubilee of their Independence Day; in particular to its 1st PM, @lojzepeterle
— Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) June 21, 2016
Queen Margrethe of Denmark's golden jubilee – this evening Her Majesty's sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren surprised her with a black-tie dinner at Christian VII’s Mansion at Amalienborg. Photos: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset. pic.twitter.com/ZSIWbLx8yd
— Majesty/Joe Little (@MajestyMagazine) January 14, 2022
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How to use jubilee in a sentence
The Union Army declaration set off a wave of jubilee celebrations that from that day forward would be celebrated by the once enslaved as Juneteenth.Juneteenth Is Now a National Holiday. Are Reparations Next?|Janell Ross|June 18, 2022|Time
One of those players is named Wayne Gretzky — he had six such seasons for the Edmonton Oilers before his silver jubilee, good for top marks — and the other is named Connor McDavid, who also happens to be an Oiler.Connor McDavid Is One Of The Best Young Players In NHL History. The Oilers Are Squandering Him.|Terrence Doyle|May 26, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
That’s why this weekend, the makeup leader is teaming up with Patty Delgado, founder and designer of Hija de Tu Madre and Julissa Prado, CEO and founder of Rizos Curls, for a virtual jubilee titled Jefacon.
In her Silver Jubilee speech she said that while she understood independence aspirations, she wanted to see the UK remain united.How the Queen ‘Purred’ With Pleasure at Scottish Referendum Result|Tom Sykes|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the song's music video, Jubilee featured boys and girls backing it up—just as he had described.
DJ Jubilee dropped the work in his song 1993 classic “Do the Jubilee All.”
Plus, when we were shooting, it was the time of the Olympics and then the Diamond Jubilee, so he was very busy.The Beatles’ Secretary, Good Ol’ Freda, Breaks Silence in Exclusive SXSW Interview|Marlow Stern|March 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In her annual Christmas speech, the Queen spoke warmly about her own jubilee and the success of the London Olympics.
Ive traded and sold everything from a thousand cattle to peddling collar-buttons at the Queens Jubilee.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
The long looked-for jubilee morning had dawned, and we were to her God's messengers, bringing the glad tidings.
It was a day of jubilee to the colored people, who swarmed out from their cabins and appropriated the plunder.
There can be no question that 'James Hepburn' is the most notable Scottish story that will be issued in the jubilee year.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography.|Solomon Maimon
The Venezuela incident and the recent Jubilee ceremonies had fanned imperialist sentiment.The Canadian Dominion|Oscar D. Skelton