- of or relating to the throat or neck.
- noting or pertaining to any of certain large veins of the neck, especially one (external jugular vein) collecting blood from the superficial parts of the head or one (internal jugular vein) collecting blood from within the skull.
Origin of jugular
Examples from the Web for jugular
Contemporary Examples of jugular
Both have clear strengths, clear weaknesses, and campaigns that are not afraid to go for the jugular.The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever
July 22, 2014
These early rehearsal scenes see Simmons go for the jugular, verbally undressing his students with rapacious license.‘Whiplash’ Is Sundance’s Hottest Film, A Music-Themed Drama Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons
January 24, 2014
The camera turns away before heads are smashed; bloodthirsty baboons snarl but are never seen ripping into a jugular.Come On, ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Can Handle More Violence
November 29, 2013
Or when in the midst of an uncomfortably aggressive tryst, Franklin forced Tara to take a bite out of his jugular.‘True Blood’ Premiere: Is Sex the Only Reason We’re Still Watching?
June 14, 2013
I hope against hope that he learns how to go for the jugular sometime soon.Obama's Immigration Speech
June 22, 2012
Historical Examples of jugular
The rifle had missed his jugular vein by little more than an inch.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
The mouth of the strange animal was resting upon his jugular vein.The Desert Home
The upper portion of the windpipe was severed, and likewise the jugular vein.The Big Bow Mystery
In the subcircular collar septum the two anterior (jugular) meshes are much smaller than the two posterior (cardinal) meshes.
There are no jugular plates and no marginal teeth in the jaws.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
Word Origin for jugular
1590s, "pertaining to the throat or neck" (especially in reference to the great veins of the neck), from Modern Latin jugularis, from Latin iugulum "collarbone, throat, neck," diminutive of iugum "yoke," related to iungere "to join," from PIE *yeug- "to join" (cf. Sanskrit yugam "yoke," yunjati "binds, harnesses," yogah "union;" Hittite yugan "yoke;" Greek zygon "yoke," zeugnyanai "to join, unite;" Old Church Slavonic igo, Old Welsh iou "yoke;" Lithuanian jungas "yoke," jungiu "fastened in a yoke;" Old English geoc "yoke;" probably also Latin iuxta "close by"). As a noun, 1610s, from the adjective.
see go for, def. 4.