a strong, coarse fiber used for making burlap, gunny, cordage, etc., obtained from two East Indian plants, Corchorus capsularis and C. olitorius, of the linden family.
either of these plants.
any plant of the same genus.

Origin of jute

First recorded in 1740–50, jute is from the Bengali word jhuṭo
Related formsjute·like, adjective




a member of a continental Germanic tribe, probably from Jutland, that invaded Britain in the 5th century a.d. and settled in Kent.
Related formsJut·ish, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of jute

Historical Examples of jute

  • The place of jute was taken by paper, and from paper under-garments were made.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • It was in the dock in Dundee, where we had brought a full cargo of jute from Calcutta.

  • Select a piece of jute, or stout cord the length of the desired rope.

    Spool Knitting

    Mary A. McCormack

  • In the winter these animals are taken for a daily walk wearing their winter coats of jute!


    M. Pearson Thomson

  • Jute is purchased from India and manufactured into burlap and rugs.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

British Dictionary definitions for jute



either of two Old World tropical yellow-flowered herbaceous plants, Corchorus capsularis or C. olitorius, cultivated for their strong fibre: family Tiliaceae
this fibre, used in making sacks, rope, etc

Word Origin for jute

C18: from Bengali jhuto, from Sanskrit jūta braid of hair, matted hair



a member of one of various Germanic tribes, some of whom invaded England in the 6th century ad, settling in Kent
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Word Origin and History for jute

plant fiber, 1746, from Bengali jhuto, from Sanskrit juta-s "twisted hair," related to jata "braid of hair," of unknown origin, probably from a non-Indo-European language.


Old English Eotas, one of the ancient Germanic inhabitants of Jutland in Denmark; traditionally they were said to have settled in Kent and Hampshire during the 5c. invasion of Britain. The name is related to Old Norse Iotar.

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