- The definition of a jubilee is a special anniversary or celebration.
An anniversary of 25 years of an event is a example of a jubilee.
A jubilee celebrates a special anniversary.
jubilee definition by Webster's New World
- Jewish History a year-long celebration held every fifty years in which all bondmen were freed, mortgaged lands were restored to the original owners, and land was left fallow: Lev. 25:8-17
- an anniversary, esp. a 50th or 25th anniversary
- a celebration of this
- a time or occasion of rejoicing
- jubilation; rejoicing
- R.C.Ch. a year proclaimed as a solemn time for gaining a plenary indulgence and for receiving absolution, on certain conditions: an occurs every twenty-five years
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French jubile ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin jubilaeus ; from Ecclesiastical Greek iōbēlaios ; from Classical Hebrew (language) yōbēl, a ram, ram's horn used as a trumpet to announce the sabbatical year: influenced, influence by Classical Latin jubilum: see jubilate
jubilee definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A specially celebrated anniversary, especially a 50th anniversary.b. The celebration of such an anniversary.
- A season or an occasion of joyful celebration.
- Jubilation; rejoicing.
- often Jubilee Bible In the Hebrew Scriptures, a year of rest to be observed by the Israelites every 50th year, during which slaves were to be set free, alienated property restored to the former owners, and the lands left untilled.
- often Jubilee Roman Catholic Church A year during which plenary indulgence may be obtained by the performance of certain pious acts.
Origin: Middle English jubile, from Old French, from Late Latin iūbilaeus, the Jewish year of jubilee, alteration (influenced by iūbilāre, to raise a shout of joy) of Greek iōbēlaios, from iōbēlos, from Hebrew yôbēl, ram, ram's horn, jubilee; see ybl in Semitic roots.