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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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  • He felt alive, jubilant, keenly in sympathy with the lure and zest of the expedition.

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
  • At last his jubilant spirit was conquered; he realized that something was amiss.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Every one was jubilant, even Pecson having laid aside his pessimism when he saw the smiling Pepay display a note.

    The Reign of Greed Jose Rizal
  • But they found the girl sitting tense and jubilant at the controls.

    The End of Time Wallace West
  • He had just been advanced to a first lieutenancy, and the family were jubilant in consequence.

    Joyce's Investments Fannie E. Newberry
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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