- 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
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|Ben Jacobs|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Sujay Kumar|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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?|Kevin Fallon|June 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I hope against hope that he learns how to go for the jugular sometime soon.
Jugular pores ovate, about half as broad as the ovate cardinal pores and twice as broad as the small cervical pores.
The jugular groove (U) is the groove which is on each side of the neck, just above the wind-pipe.The Horsewoman|Alice M. Hayes
If the disease is still in its early stages and the animal is strong, bleeding from the jugular vein may be beneficial.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
In dissecting an ocelot at the Zoological Gardens in 1883, a forked line was found immediately over the fork of the jugular vein.Colouration in Animals and Plants|Alfred Tylor
One of them had his flank laid open by a saw lying on a lumber-pile; and I only wish it had sawed across the jugular.Vashti|Augusta J. Evans Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for jugular
Word Origin for jugular
Word Origin and History 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.
Medicine definitions for jugular
Idioms and Phrases with jugular
see go for, def. 4.