Definition of jubilee in English:



  • 1A special anniversary of an event, especially one celebrating twenty-five or fifty years of a reign or activity.

    ‘to celebrate its jubilee, the club is holding a tournament’
    [as modifier] ‘jubilee celebrations’
    • ‘Skipton's Hard of Hearing Club celebrated its 25th anniversary with a jubilee party in the Christ Church Parochial Hall.’
    • ‘Some members will recall a speech made by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her 50th jubilee.’
    • ‘About 40,000 of the commemorative coins were supposed to be ready for collectors by the end of January before the jubilee anniversary on February 6.’
    • ‘The Academy has drawn up plans to celebrate the Silver jubilee in a fitting manner and the conferring of achievement awards are a step in this direction.’
    • ‘The shot of 500 palace workers was taken to mark the jubilee.’
    • ‘Clubs have a habit of recording their histories, usually to celebrate jubilees or centenaries, though sometimes to mourn mergers or closures.’
    • ‘A Department of Culture, Media and Sport spokeswoman said the Queen had expressed the wish that taxpayers' money should not be used to celebrate her jubilee.’
    • ‘We've had firework displays, organised Easter egg hunts and celebrated Royal jubilees on the green.’
    • ‘Mary Teresa and John have a family of seven and they will celebrate their golden wedding jubilee in October.’
    • ‘They celebrated their golden wedding jubilee back in 1995.’
    • ‘To celebrate the jubilee the County Carlow Association London has decided to record the history of their association.’
    • ‘The jubilee celebrations were conducted with a number of activities, including seminars, workshops, competitions for children, and cultural gatherings.’
    • ‘At the time of her second jubilee, Victoria's name and features were recognisable all over the world; when she died in 1901, few could remember a time when she had not reigned.’
    • ‘The aim was to ensure favourable press coverage of the jubilee.’
    • ‘Paddy and Mary celebrated their golden wedding jubilee last May.’
    • ‘If you have nothing planned to celebrate the jubilee try to go along for a great day out.’
    • ‘Civil authorities in Rome tremble at the expected hordes coming to celebrate the jubilee while Israel also braces for huge numbers of pilgrims.’
    • ‘This week Parliament celebrated the 150th jubilee of its existence, and this is a good time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.’
    • ‘Eileen and Paddy King celebrated their golden wedding jubilee in Scunthorpe, England yesterday, Monday.’
    • ‘It has been celebrating its jubilee cheerfully throughout much of this year, with the festivities building up to a crescendo on the actual birthday, October 18.’
    anniversary, commemoration
    celebration, festival, gala, carnival, jamboree, feast day, holiday
    festivities, revelry
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  • 2Judaism
    A year of emancipation and restoration, kept every fifty years.

  • 3A period of remission from the penal consequences of sin, granted by the Roman Catholic Church under certain conditions for a year, usually at intervals of twenty-five years.

    • ‘During the jubilee year, he sought reconciliation with Bishop Matthew Clarke, a longtime friend, but received no response.’
    • ‘We learn that the Society of Jesus was missing from the 1775 jubilee because the Jesuit general was in prison in the Castel Sant'Angelo while the order underwent a process of suppression.’
    • ‘Bocelli was the official voice of the church's jubilee in the year 2000 and knew the pope for a long time.’
    • ‘Business increased by 21 per cent last year, with 25,000 making the trip during the Catholic Church's jubilee year.’
    • ‘The year 2000 was a jubilee year for the Eternal City.’


Late Middle English: from Old French jubile, from late Latin jubilaeus (annus) (year) of jubilee, based on Hebrew yōḇēl, originally ram's-horn trumpet, with which the jubilee year was proclaimed.