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Nov 6, 2014
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Well-traveled words

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jubilee

PRONUNCIATION:
(JOO-buh-lee, -LEE)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A special anniversary of an event, especially a 50th anniversary.
2. Rejoicing or celebration.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French jubile, from Latin jubilaeus, and Greek iobelaios, from Hebrew yobel (ram, ram's horn trumpet). Traditionally a jubilee year was announced by blowing a ram's horn. Earliest documented use: 1382.

USAGE:
"Pupils at a Bradford school crowned their diamond jubilee celebrations by starting the new academic year in the new school colour -- gold."
Chris Young; A Golden Year Begins for Pupils With New School Uniforms; Telegraph and Argus (Bradford, UK); Oct 3, 2014.

See more usage examples of jubilee in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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