The definition of a jubilee is a special anniversary or celebration.noun
An anniversary of 25 years of an event is a example of a jubilee.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME < OFr jubile < LL(Ec) jubilaeus < Gr(Ec) iōbēlaios < Heb yōbēl, a ram, ram's horn used as a trumpet to announce the sabbatical year: infl. by L jubilum: see jubilate
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- 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.