Definition of juncture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjəNG(k)CHər/


1A particular point in events or time: it is difficult to say at this juncture whether this upturn can be sustained
More example sentences
  • ‘We really are at a critical juncture at the moment,’ says Stewart.
  • But at critical junctures in the post-war period, for various strategic and or economic reasons, national leaders opted for greater integration.
  • These events are examples of kernels - a critical juncture in the story.
point, point in time, time, moment, moment in time;
period, occasion, phase
1.1A place where things join: the plane crashed at the juncture of two mountains
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  • After about a kilometer of corridor, they came to a large juncture where the passage intersected ramps leading both up and down.
  • However, do not draw at the point where two veins join as there is a valve at these junctures.
  • The adjoining infrastructure is over 15 km long and includes a new road linking the existing roads with the bridge and road junctures.
1.2 Phonetics The set of features in speech that enable a hearer to detect a word or phrase boundary, e.g., distinguishing I scream from ice cream.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'act of joining'): from Latin junctura 'joint', from jungere 'to join'.

  • join from Middle English:

    Join comes via Old French joindre, from Latin jungere ‘to join’ also found in joint (Middle English), used in butchery contexts from the late 16th century; juncture (Late Middle English) originally meaning ‘joining’; and junction (early 18th century) which also started out in the sense ‘joining’. Its use in transport is found from the late 18th century.

Words that rhyme with juncture

conjuncture, puncture

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Syllabification: junc·ture

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