What does jubilee mean?

Definitions for jubilee
ˈdʒu bəˌli, ˌdʒu bəˈliju·bilee

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jubileenoun

    a special anniversary (or the celebration of it)


  1. jubileenoun

    A special year of emancipation supposed to be kept every fifty years, when farming was abandoned and Hebrew slaves were set free.

  2. jubileenoun

    A fiftieth anniversary.

  3. jubileenoun

    A special year (originally held every hundred years, then fifty, and then fewer) in which remission from sin could be granted as well as indulgences upon making a pilgrimage to Rome.

  4. jubileenoun

    A time of celebration or rejoicing.

  5. jubileenoun

    A period of fifty years; a half-century.

  6. Jubileenoun

    a year of rest, observed by the Israelites every 50 years

  7. Jubileenoun

    a holy year when people are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to Rome

  8. Etymology: Ultimately from יובל, which was used for the proclamation of the year of Jubilee.


  1. Jubilee

    A jubilee is a particular anniversary of an event, usually denoting the 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, and the 70th anniversary. The term is often now used to denote the celebrations associated with the reign of a monarch after a milestone number of years have passed.


  1. jubilee

    A jubilee is a special anniversary or celebration typically marked by large and festive events or activities. It is often associated with a particular period, usually 25, 50, or even 100 years. In religious contexts, it can refer to a year of emancipation and restoration, practiced by the ancient Israelites, as prescribed by the Bible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jubileenoun

    every fiftieth year, being the year following the completion of each seventh sabbath of years, at which time all the slaves of Hebrew blood were liberated, and all lands which had been alienated during the whole period reverted to their former owners

  2. Jubileenoun

    the joyful commemoration held on the fiftieth anniversary of any event; as, the jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign; the jubilee of the American Board of Missions

  3. Jubileenoun

    a church solemnity or ceremony celebrated at Rome, at stated intervals, originally of one hundred years, but latterly of twenty-five; a plenary and extraordinary indulgence grated by the sovereign pontiff to the universal church. One invariable condition of granting this indulgence is the confession of sins and receiving of the eucharist

  4. Jubileenoun

    a season of general joy

  5. Jubileenoun

    a state of joy or exultation

  6. Etymology: [F. jubil, L. jubilaeus, Gr. , fr. Heb. ybel the blast of a trumpet, also the grand sabbatical year, which was announced by sound of trumpet.]


  1. Jubilee

    In Judaism and Christianity, the concept of the Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon. In the Biblical Book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned to occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest. In the Holy Bible, Leviticus 25:8-13 states, "And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jubilee

    jōō′bi-lē, n. the year of release among the Jews every fiftieth year, proclaimed by the sound of a trumpet: the celebration of a fiftieth anniversary—e.g. of a king's accession, a bishop's consecration, &c.: in the R.C. Church, a year (every twenty-fifth—Ordinary jubilee) of indulgence for pilgrims and others, an Extraordinary jubilee being specially appointed by the Pope: any season of great public joy and festivity. [Fr. jubilé—L. jubilæus—Heb. yōbel, a trumpet, the blast of a trumpet.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Jubilee is ranked #76768 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Jubilee surname appeared 250 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Jubilee.

    80.8% or 202 total occurrences were Black.
    6.8% or 17 total occurrences were White.
    4.4% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.6% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jubilee in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jubilee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of jubilee in a Sentence

  1. Eric LeCompte:

    Does Jubilee USA Network make a difference for all of Congress ? No, but for some members of Congress, Eric LeCompte has provided cover to take political risks and start to reach across the aisle again.

  2. The Queen:

    I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee, while I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all ; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

  3. Bill Mott:

    In all the years I did the Queen's Birthday Parade, it was Her Majesty the Queen there. To not have Her Majesty arriving was poignant and the fact that she went out onto the balcony was lovely, i thought in my heart, how many more times am I going to see Her Majesty like that? It was quite sad for a lot of reasons. I know the Platinum Jubilee is meant to be a wonderful occasion and something to mark 70 years, but it was tinged with sadness for me.

  4. Christopher Andersen:

    After Prince Philip’s funeral [ in April ], they set up a meeting with the three of them - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, William and Prince Charles - with nobody else around, it did not go well. The next day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got on a plane and left. For the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue [ in July ], a similar thing happened [ with William ]. Even though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were grinning from ear to ear, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were walking with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle backs to each other. The queen’s platinum jubilee, which is happening next year, might be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next chance.

  5. Julie Montagu:

    I think it's going to be one big street party across the nation, it's a four-day party and I think everybody knows that this is the last big jubilee and people are going to be celebrating.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. elusive
    • B. unsealed
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