Definition of Jack Russell in English:

Jack Russell

Syllabification: Jack Rus·sell
Pronunciation: /ˌjak ˈrəsəl
 
/
(also Jack Russell terrier)

noun

  • A terrier of a small working breed with short legs.
    More example sentences
    • He was walking to the shops when he was set upon by around six dogs, including a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a Jack Russell and a German Shepherd Labrador cross.
    • Scrappers like the foot-tall Jack Russell terrier can hold their own, too, but dogs smaller than that don't have the legs or the hearts to keep up.
    • I looked down to see a small Jack Russell terrier ecstatically running in circles around my legs, tail wagging wildly.

Origin

early 20th century: named after John (Jack) Russell (1795–1883), an English clergyman famed in fox-hunting circles as a breeder of such terriers.

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