- of the neck or throat
- of a jugular vein
- Zool. of or having ventral fins in front of the pectoral, under the throat
Origin of jugularLate Latin jugularis ; from Classical Latin jugulum, collarbone, neck, throat, diminutive of jugum, a yoke
go for the jugular
Informal to be utterly ruthless with an opponent or competitor
Of, relating to, or located in the region of the neck or throat.
- A jugular vein.
- The most vital part: a strategic attack aimed at the enemy's jugular.
Origin of jugularLate Latin iugularis (v&emacron;na), jugular (vein), from Latin iugulum, collarbone, diminutive of iugum, yoke; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
The plural form jugulars is almost never used.