Definition of jetsam in English:


Syllabification: jet·sam
Pronunciation: /ˈjetsəm


  • 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. Compare with flotsam.
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    • 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): contraction of jettison.

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