Definition of subjugal in English:


Pronunciation /sʌbˈdʒuːɡl/


  • 1 rare That is under a person's dominion; subservient, subordinate.

  • 2Music
    rare, historical = "plagal".

  • 3Anatomy
    rare Located below the zygomatic (jugal) bone.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in Mary Magdalene. From post-classical Latin subiugalis (of a beast of burden) accustomed to the yoke (early 5th century; compare subiugale (neuter noun) beast of burden (Vetus Latina, Vulgate)), subservient, (in music) plagal from classical Latin sub- + iugum yoke + -ālis.