- 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.
Origin of jubilee
Examples from the Web for jubilee
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.”
In her annual Christmas speech, the Queen spoke warmly about her own jubilee and the success of the London Olympics.
After the Jubilee, it was time for the Olympics, and it seemed the Royals had a chance to get their groove back.How 2012 Turned Into a Very Bad Year For Prince Charles|Tom Sykes|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Madness and Annie Lennox were good, even if we had seen them at the Jubilee concert just six weeks ago.
No race has ever sung so sweetly or with such perfect charity, while looking forward to the ‘year of Jubilee.’Religious Folk-Songs of the Southern Negroes|Howard W. Odum
The jubilee bull has not converted all the abbs, for there are still a goodly number of them in Paris who court the women.The Correspondence of Madame, Princess Palatine, Mother of the Regent; of Marie-Adlade de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne; and of Madame de Maintenon, in Relation to Saint-Cyr|Charlotte-Elisabeth, duchesse d Orlans; Marie Adelaide, of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy; and Madame de Maintenon
To all which add, that the kindlier sentiments here seem playing out in a sort of jubilee.
How exciting to them all the Jubilee was, and how unimportant to him!The Cathedral|Sir Hugh Walpole
Once more at Rome, Violante thought of availing herself of the Jubilee and making a full confession and restitution.The Browning Cyclopdia|Edward Berdoe
British Dictionary definitions for jubilee
Word Origin for jubilee
Word Origin and History for jubilee
late 14c., in the Old Testament sense, from Old French jubileu "jubille; anniversary; rejoicing," from Late Latin jubilaeus "the jubilee year," originally an adjective, "of the jubilee," altered (by association with Latin jubilare "to shout with joy") from Greek iabelaios, from iobelos, from Hebrew yobhel "jubilee," formerly "a trumpet, ram's horn," literally "ram."
The original notion was of a year of emancipation of slaves and restoration of lands, to be celebrated every 50th year (Levit. xxv:9); it was proclaimed by the sounding of a ram's horn on the Day of Atonement. The Catholic Church sense of "a period for remission of sin penalties in exchange for pilgrimages, alms, etc." was begun in 1300 by Boniface VIII. The general sense of "season of rejoicing" is first recorded mid-15c., though through early 20c. the word kept its specific association with 50th anniversaries. As a type of African-American folk song, it is attested from 1872.