Definition of jubilant in English:



  • Feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph:

    ‘a large number of jubilant fans ran on to the pitch’
    • ‘Students, former guerrilla fighters, police and soldiers took to the streets in a jubilant parade.’
    • ‘More than 150 jubilant residents clapped and cheered as plans to build homes on a children's play area were thrown out.’
    • ‘It started on election night 1998 with John Howard jubilant before an ecstatic crowd.’
    • ‘Mark Williams was jubilant after his title triumph ended his 26-month wait for a tournament win on home soil.’
    • ‘The mood was jubilant and Edith thought that her exile and imprisonment were finally over.’
    • ‘The jubilant crowd shrieked as the balls sailed into the stands' perimeters and crashed into the boundary.’
    • ‘She walks slowly down a street now emptied of cars and people, but soon breaks into a jubilant run.’
    • ‘Foreign companies were jubilant, since they would get unprecedented access to the Chinese market.’
    • ‘Tourism bosses are jubilant at the publicity Scarborough is receiving prior to the 2004 holiday season.’
    • ‘A jubilant Oxford crew spray the bubbly as they celebrate an impressive row in the 151st Boat Race.’
    • ‘After the game the jubilant fans carried on celebrating, filling the pubs and painting the Welsh capital blue and white.’
    • ‘By the time I returned to my mother's, she was jubilant because she had received two phone calls to assure her that the bag was safe and well.’
    • ‘The jubilant winners said they would relax for a couple of days before preparing for the television round.’
    • ‘And jubilant retail bosses are celebrating a similar success story throughout last year.’
    • ‘The Sligo fans were definitely jubilant and dozens of camera phones captured the moment but that's as far as it went.’
    • ‘But those who took part were jubilant that in their eyes the event had been ‘such a success’.’
    • ‘The big fellow immediately sprinted towards jubilant home fans and was booked for throwing his jersey to the ground.’
    • ‘The two had been out together the previous night, and Montgomery appeared tired but jubilant.’
    • ‘At Martin's family home in neighbouring Conception Bay, however, the mood was jubilant.’
    • ‘The streets were packed, and the mood was jubilant, as more and more policemen and women continued to pour in during the afternoon.’
    overjoyed, exultant, triumphant, joyful, jumping for joy, rejoicing, cock-a-hoop, exuberant, elated, thrilled, gleeful, euphoric, ecstatic, beside oneself with happiness, enraptured, in raptures, rhapsodic, transported, walking on air, in seventh heaven, on cloud nine
    crowing, gloating, triumphal, triumphalist
    over the moon, on top of the world, blissed out, on a high, tickled pink
    wigged out
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Mid 17th century (originally in the sense ‘making a joyful noise’): from Latin jubilant- calling, hallooing, from the verb jubilare (see jubilate).