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Meaning of JUBILEE

Pronunciation:  'joobu`lee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a special anniversary

JUBILEE is a 7 letter word that starts with J.


 See Also: anniversary, day of remembrance, diamond jubilee, silver jubilee



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ju"bi*lee\, n. [F. jubil['e], L. jubilaeus, Gr. ?, fr.
Heb. y?bel the blast of a trumpet, also the grand sabbatical
year, which was announced by sound of trumpet.]
1. (Jewish Hist.) Every fiftieth year, being the year
   following the completion of each seventh sabbath of years,
   at which time all the slaves of Hebrew blood were
   liberated, and all lands which had been alienated during
   the whole period reverted to their former owners. [In this
   sense spelled also, in some English Bibles, {jubile}.]
   --Lev. xxv. 8-17.

2. The joyful commemoration held on the fiftieth anniversary
   of any event; as, the jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign;
   the jubilee of the American Board of Missions.

3. (R. C. Ch.) A church solemnity or ceremony celebrated at
   Rome, at stated intervals, originally of one hundred
   years, but latterly of twenty-five; a plenary and
   extraordinary indulgence grated by the sovereign pontiff
   to the universal church. One invariable condition of
   granting this indulgence is the confession of sins and
   receiving of the eucharist.

4. A season of general joy.

         The town was all a jubilee of feasts. --Dryden.

5. A state of joy or exultation. [R.] ``In the jubilee of his
   spirits.'' --Sir W. Scott.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of a jubilee means pleasurable endeavors and even matrimony.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a joyful shout or clangour of trumpets, the name of the great semi-centennial festival of the Hebrews. It lasted for a year. During this year the land was to be fallow, and the Israelites were only permitted to gather the spontaneous produce of the fields (Lev. 25:11, 12). All landed property during that year reverted to its original owner (13-34; 27:16-24), and all who were slaves were set free (25:39-54), and all debts were remitted.

The return of the jubilee year was proclaimed by a blast of trumpets which sounded throughout the land. There is no record in Scripture of the actual observance of this festival, but there are numerous allusions (Isa. 5:7, 8, 9, 10; 61:1, 2; Ezek. 7:12, 13; Neh. 5:1-19; 2 Chr. 36:21) which place it beyond a doubt that it was observed.

The advantages of this institution were manifold. "1. It would prevent the accumulation of land on the part of a few to the detriment of the community at large. 2. It would render it impossible for any one to be born to absolute poverty, since every one had his hereditary land. 3. It would preclude those inequalities which are produced by extremes of riches and poverty, and which make one man domineer over another. 4. It would utterly do away with slavery. 5. It would afford a fresh opportunity to those who were reduced by adverse circumstances to begin again their career of industry in the patrimony which they had temporarily forfeited. 6. It would periodically rectify the disorders which crept into the state in the course of time, preclude the division of the people into nobles and plebeians, and preserve the theocracy inviolate."

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