yellow jack


noun, plural (especially collectively) yel·low jack, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) yel·low jacks for 3.

Informal. quarantine flag.
Pathology. yellow fever.
any carangoid fish, especially a Caribbean food fish, Caranx bartholomaei.

Origin of yellow jack

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for yellow jack

Historical Examples of yellow jack

  • Yellow-Jack laid his hand on him, and before morning he was dead!

  • We was twenty-four men down on the Ohio with yellow-jack, and not an ounce of anyskeptics did I swallow!

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

British Dictionary definitions for yellow jack

yellow jack


pathol another name for yellow fever
another name for quarantine flag
any of certain large yellowish carangid food fishes, esp Caranx bartholomaei, of warm and tropical Atlantic waters
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