the celebration of any of certain anniversaries, as the twenty-fifth (silver jubilee ), fiftieth (golden jubilee ), or sixtieth or seventy-fifth (diamond jubilee ).
the completion of 50 years of existence, activity, or the like, or its celebration: Our college will celebrate its jubilee next year.
any season or occasion of rejoicing or festivity.
rejoicing or jubilation.
Roman Catholic Church.
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.
Also Ju·bi·le .Chiefly Biblical. a yearlong period to be observed by Jews once every 50 years, during which Jewish slaves were to be freed, alienated lands were to be restored to the original owner or an heir, the fields were to be left untilled, and all agricultural labors were to be suspended. Leviticus 25.: Compare sabbatical year (def. 2).
a Black American folk song concerned with future happiness or deliverance from tribulation.
flambé (def. 1): We had cherries jubilee for dessert.
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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.Smashbox Cosmetics Is Hosting Its First-Ever ‘Jefacon’ And It’s Amplifying Afro-Latina Voices | cmurray | December 4, 2020 | Essence.com
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 | THE 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 | THE 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.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
It was a day of jubilee to the colored people, who swarmed out from their cabins and appropriated the plunder.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
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
British Dictionary definitions for jubilee
a time or season for rejoicing
a special anniversary, esp a 25th or 50th one
RC Church a specially appointed period, now ordinarily every 25th year, in which special indulgences are granted
Old Testament a year that was to be observed every 50th year, during which Hebrew slaves were to be liberated, alienated property was to be restored, etc
a less common word for jubilation
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