Definition of jillaroo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdʒɪləˈruː/


Australian informal
A female novice on a cattle station or sheep station.
Example sentences
  • Rachael Treasure - kelpie trainer, cattle farmer, jillaroo - couldn't live anywhere but in the country.
  • Working as a jillaroo and rural journalist proved to be great fodder for her first novel Jillaroo, which is taking both country and city readers by storm.
  • It may be clichéd, and it's certainly hard work, but nothing immerses you in outback life quite like a jackaroo (or jillaroo) training course.


1940s: from the given name Jill, on the pattern of jackaroo.

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