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Line breaks: jet¦sam
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛts(ə)m

Definition of jetsam in English:


[mass noun]
Unwanted material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore, especially material that has been discarded to lighten the vessel: there was plenty of good kindling among the jetsam on the beach figurative the jetsam of technology Compare with flotsam.
More example sentences
  • Flotsam and jetsam drifted from the yacht, some having already washed ashore.
  • Liberation simply travels, picking up junk and jetsam along the way, discarding it somewhere downstream, and rambling on.
  • I love how when you look up flotsam in the dictionary it says jetsam.


late 16th century (as jetson): from jettison.

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