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[joo-buh-luh nt] /ˈdʒu bə lənt/
showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant:
the cheers of the jubilant victors; the jubilant climax of his symphony.
Origin of jubilant
1660-70; < Latin jūbilant- (stem of jūbilāns, present participle of jūbilāre to shout, whoop), equivalent to jūbil- shout + -ant- -ant
Related forms
jubilance, jubilancy, noun
jubilantly, adverb
unjubilant, adjective
unjubilantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Several thousand jubilant supporters streamed to her residence.
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  • Cairo exploded in a jubilant cacophony of car horns and cries of joy.
  • In some parts of the city they were greeted by jubilant crowds.
  • There was the jubilant air of a successful start.
  • Advocates of civil liberties were jubilant.
  • The revelry was sustained, sincere, jubilant and loud.
  • But George had become altogether jubilant, and he laughed triumphantly.
  • In both places, jubilant crowds welcomed the rebels.
British Dictionary definitions for jubilant


feeling or expressing great joy
Derived Forms
jubilance, jubilancy, noun
jubilantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin jūbilāns shouting for joy, from jūbilāre to give a joyful cry, from jūbilum a shout, wild cry
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Word Origin and History for jubilant

1660s, from Latin jubilantem (nominative jubilans), present participle of jubilare "to call to someone," in Christian writers, "to shout for joy," related to jubilum "wild shout." First attested in Milton. Related: Jubilantly.

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