Definition of jubilee in English:


Syllabification: ju·bi·lee
Pronunciation: /ˈjo͞obəˌlē
, ˌjo͞obəˈlē


1A special anniversary of an event, especially one celebrating twenty-five or fifty years of a reign or activity: [as modifier]: jubilee celebrations
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  • A Department of Culture, Media and Sport spokeswoman said the Queen had expressed the wish that taxpayers' money should not be used to celebrate her jubilee.
  • To celebrate the jubilee the County Carlow Association London has decided to record the history of their association.
  • If you have nothing planned to celebrate the jubilee try to go along for a great day out.
anniversary, commemoration;
celebration, festival, jamboree;
festivities, revelry
1.1 Judaism (In Jewish history) a year of emancipation and restoration, celebrated every fifty years.
1.2 (in full Jubilee Year) A period of remission from the penal consequences of sin, granted by the Roman Catholic Church under certain conditions for a year, usually at intervals of twenty-five years.
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  • We learn that the Society of Jesus was missing from the 1775 jubilee because the Jesuit general was in prison in the Castel Sant'Angelo while the order underwent a process of suppression.
  • Bocelli was the official voice of the church's jubilee in the year 2000 and knew the pope for a long time.
  • Business increased by 21 per cent last year, with 25,000 making the trip during the Catholic Church's jubilee year.


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(Of desserts) flambé: cherries jubilee


late Middle English: from Old French jubile, from late Latin jubilaeus (annus) '(year) of jubilee', based on Hebrew yōḇēl, originally 'ram's-horn trumpet', with which the jubilee year was proclaimed.

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