Definition of Jubilate in English:



  • 1[in singular] Psalm 100 (99 in the Vulgate), beginning Jubilate deo “rejoice in God,” especially as used as a canticle in the Anglican service of matins.

    1. 1.1A musical setting of this.
      • ‘The opening Jubilate made for a rousing start, though there were some uncertainties of pitch in the orchestra which made for a certain jitteriness at times.’
      • ‘Purcell composed two such odes, and his Te Deum and Jubilate in D were written for the celebration of 1694.’


Latin, shout for joy! imperative of jubilare (see jubilate).

Definition of jubilate in English:



[NO OBJECT]archaic
  • Show great happiness; rejoice.

    ‘sing and jubilate aloud’
    • ‘The Australian Socceroos jubilate after defeating Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Telstra Stadium in Sydney, yesterday.’
    • ‘At that moment while she was still trying to contain her overwhelming emotion, the audience were jubilating, to say the least.’
    • ‘Moravian visitors to the Bryan plantations in South Carolina in 1741 heard ‘a slave woman singing a spiritual at the water's edge,’ her way of ‘jubilating’ at attaining ‘assurance of the forgiveness of sins and the mercy of God in Christ’.’
    • ‘Australian Robbie McEwen jubilates as he crosses the finish line.’
    • ‘No wonder people of all ages and political orientations are jubilating.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin jubilat- called out from the verb jubilare, used by Christian writers to mean shout for joy.