Definition of jol in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʒɔːl/
South African informal


An occasion of celebration and enjoyment; a good time: the school holds two jols a term for the pupils [mass noun]: it’s not all jol—she works very hard
More example sentences
  • Our guide points you in the right direction for a party, among other jols.
  • After 10 pm the party will head off to a venue to be announced at the party to continue the jol.
  • Back in the city we've got lots of great jols for you.

verb (jols, jolling, jolled)

[no object]
1 [with adverbial of direction] Set off; go: you could jol to the lake on a Sunday
More example sentences
  • What if, for example, in three months time, he is jolling along Florida Road on the way to his favourite restaurant, and he runs into Judge Hilary Squires?
  • You can jol down to Gold Reef City and go down an old gold mine and have a drink down there in an old donkey stable, if you like.
2Have a good time; celebrate in a lively way: everyone goes to clubs and jols till late
2.1Engage in a flirtation or a casual love affair: she started jolling with the manager and they ran away together



Example sentences
  • The Kia consultant said: ‘He gave the impression of being a joller.’
  • These are not the surfers, whose clock is set by wind and sea; nor the triathlon triers, whose season is marked by sudden bicycle tracks; nor the irregular jollers who leave jagged tracks of 4x4s from time to time.
  • Of the 28, eight are vacant - including the notorious Chelsea Hotel, which jollers of the 80s and 90s may remember as a sleazy pool hangout.


Afrikaans, literally 'party'.

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Line breaks: jol

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