What does jugular mean?

Definitions for jugular
ˈdʒʌg yə lər, ˈdʒu gyə-jugu·lar

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word jugular.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jugular vein, vena jugularis, jugular(noun)

    veins in the neck that return blood from the head

  2. jugular(adj)

    a vital part that is vulnerable to attack

    "he always goes for the jugular"

  3. jugular(adj)

    relating to or located in the region of the neck or throat

    "jugular vein"


  1. jugular(Noun)

    Vein through the neck (or thorax) that returns blood from the head back towards the heart. Properly this is called the jugular vein.

  2. jugular(Noun)

    By extension, any critical vulnerability.

    It was vicious; he went for the jugular.

  3. jugular(Adjective)

    Relating to, or located near, the neck or throat.

  4. jugular(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to fish with ventral fins attached under the throat.

  5. Origin: From jugularis, from iugulum, from iugum, from yugóm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jugular(adj)

    of or pertaining to the throat or neck; as, the jugular vein

  2. Jugular(adj)

    of or pertaining to the jugular vein; as, the jugular foramen

  3. Jugular(adj)

    having the ventral fins beneath the throat; -- said of certain fishes

  4. Jugular(adj)

    one of the large veins which return the blood from the head to the heart through two chief trunks, an external and an internal, on each side of the neck; -- called also the jugular vein

  5. Jugular(adj)

    any fish which has the ventral fins situated forward of the pectoral fins, or beneath the throat; one of a division of fishes (Jugulares)

  6. Origin: [L. jugulum the collar bone, which joins together the shoulders and the breast, the throat, akin to jungere to yoke, to join: cf. F. jugulaire. See Join.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jugular

    jug′ū-lar, adj. pertaining to the collar-bone, which joins the neck and shoulders.—n. one of the large veins on each side of the neck. [L. jugulum, the collar-bone—jungĕre, to join.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jugular in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jugular in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Luis Padilla:

    It looks like he’s trying to kill that kid, he went straight for the jugular.

  2. Daniel Montgomery:

    Making jokes at their expense is going to show they're aware there is a problem. But he can't go for the jugular.

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