Main meanings of jubilate in English

: jubilate1Jubilate2


Pronunciation /ˈdʒuːbɪleɪt/


[no object] archaic
  • Show great happiness; rejoice.

    ‘sing and jubilate aloud before God’
    • ‘Australian Robbie McEwen jubilates as he crosses the finish line.’
    • ‘The Australian Socceroos jubilate after defeating Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Telstra Stadium in Sydney, yesterday.’
    • ‘No wonder people of all ages and political orientations are jubilating.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘At that moment while she was still trying to contain her overwhelming emotion, the audience were jubilating, to say the least.’
    crow, gloat, swagger, brag, boast


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

Main meanings of Jubilate in English

: jubilate1Jubilate2


Pronunciation /ˌdʒuːbɪˈlɑːteɪ/


  • 1Psalm 100, beginning Jubilate deo ‘rejoice in God’, especially as used as a canticle in the Anglican service of matins.

    1. 1.1A musical setting of the Jubilate.
      ‘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).