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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
jay
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
blue
▪ It is dispersed by being carried away and buried by blue jays and squirrels.
▪ A blue jay flies over the cabin, carrying a twig.
▪ Today, also for the first time in months, I again hear blue jays screaming.
▪ A moment later, a blue jay darted by and grabbed it.
▪ A convention of about thirteen blue jays flew over, chattering and making all sorts of weird calls.
▪ There are bluebirds and blue jays and blue herons.
▪ A flock of blue jays flew over, heading south, but many blue jays stay the entire winter.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A jay appeared - momentary flash of azure blue wings - to screech and vanish.
▪ A blue jay flies over the cabin, carrying a twig.
▪ At any time of year you're likely to see plenty of birds, including nuthatch, green woodpecker and jay.
▪ He slid back on the mat to where she sat, and he handed her the jay.
▪ Her nuthatch and jay paintings are particularly appealing.
▪ It is dispersed by being carried away and buried by blue jays and squirrels.
▪ There were blackbirds and thrushes and skylarks and ravens and starlings and jays and magpies and many kinds of small finches.
▪ Today, also for the first time in months, I again hear blue jays screaming.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Jay

Jay \Jay\, n. [F. geai, OF. gai, jaj, perh. fr. OHG. g[=a]hi. Cf. Gay.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to Garrulus, Cyanocitta, and allied genera of the family Corvidae. They are allied to the crows, but are smaller, more graceful in form, often handsomely colored, and usually have a crest.

Note: The European jay ( Garrulus glandarius) is a large and handsomely colored species, having the body pale reddish brown, lighter beneath; tail and wing quills blackish; the primary coverts barred with bright blue and black; throat, tail coverts, and a large spot on the wings, white. Called also jay pie, Jenny jay, and k[ae]. The common blue jay ( Cyanocitta cristata.), and the related species, are brilliantly colored, and have a large erectile crest. The California jay ( Aphelocoma Californica), the Florida jay ( Aphelocoma Floridana), and the green jay ( Xanthoura luxuosa), of Texas and Mexico, are large, handsome, crested species. The Canada jay ( Perisoreus Canadensis), and several allied species, are much plainer and have no crest. See Blue jay, and Whisky jack.

Jay thrush (Zo["o]l.), any one several species of Asiatic singing birds, of the genera Garrulax, Grammatoptila, and related genera of the family Crateropodid[ae]; as, the white-throated jay thrush ( Garrulax albogularis) (also called the white-throated laughingthrush), of India.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
jay

c.1300, common European bird (Garrulus glandarinus), from Old North French gai, Old French jai "magpie, jay," from Late Latin gaius "a jay," probably echoic and supposedly influenced by Latin Gaius, a common Roman proper name. For other bird names from proper names, compare martin and parrot. Applied to the North American blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) from 1709. Applied to humans in sense of "impertinent chatterer, flashy dresser" from 1620s.

jay

"fourth-rate, worthless" (as in a jay town), 1888, American English, apparently from some disparaging sense of jay (n.). Perhaps from a decaying or ironical use of jay "flashy dresser."

Wiktionary
jay

Etymology 1 n. 1 Any one of the numerous species of birds belonging to several genera within the family Corvidae, including ''Garrulus'', ''Cyanocitta'', allied to the crows, but smaller, more graceful in form, often handsomely colored, usually having a crest, and often noisy. 2 Other birds of similar appearance and behavior. 3 (context archaic English) A dull or ignorant person. (non-gloss definition: It survives today in the term jaywalking.) 4 (context slang English) A marijuana cigarette; a joint. Etymology 2

n. (Latn-def en name J j)

WordNet
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Jay, FL -- U.S. town in Florida
Population (2000): 579
Housing Units (2000): 278
Land area (2000): 1.582924 sq. miles (4.099754 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.582924 sq. miles (4.099754 sq. km)
FIPS code: 35425
Located within: Florida (FL), FIPS 12
Location: 30.951183 N, 87.152043 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 32565
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
Jay, FL
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Jay, OK -- U.S. city in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 2482
Housing Units (2000): 1051
Land area (2000): 3.234983 sq. miles (8.378567 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.234983 sq. miles (8.378567 sq. km)
FIPS code: 37650
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 36.423906 N, 94.797831 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 74346
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
Jay, OK
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Jay -- U.S. County in Indiana
Population (2000): 21806
Housing Units (2000): 9074
Land area (2000): 383.636740 sq. miles (993.614553 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.179609 sq. miles (0.465184 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 383.816349 sq. miles (994.079737 sq. km)
Located within: Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
Location: 40.425659 N, 85.030582 W
Headwords:
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Jay, IN
Jay County
Jay County, IN
Wikipedia
Jay

Jays are several species of medium-sized, usually colorful and noisy, passerine birds in the crow family, Corvidae. The names jay and magpie are somewhat interchangeable, and the evolutionary relationships are rather complex. For example, the Eurasian magpie seems more closely related to the Eurasian jay than to the Oriental blue and green magpies, whereas the blue jay is not closely related to either.

Jay (disambiguation)

A jay is a kind of colorful, noisy bird in the crow family.

Jay may also refer to:

Jay (surname)

Jay is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Allan Jay (born 1931), British world champion épée & foil fencer
  • Antoine Jay (1770–1854), French writer
  • Antony Jay (born 1930), British writer
  • Bill Jay (1940–2009) photographer, magazine and picture editor, etc
  • Candee Jay (born 1981), Dutch musician
  • Charlotte Jay (1919–1996), Australian writer
  • David Jay (born 1982), American activist
  • Douglas Jay, Baron Jay (1907–1996), British politician
  • Isabel Jay (1879–1927), British opera singer
  • Joey Jay (born 1935), American baseball player
  • John Jay (1745–1829), American politician and jurist
  • John Jay (1817–1894), American lawyer
  • Joke Jay, German DJ
  • Karla Jay (born 1947), American writer
  • Margaret Jay, Baroness Jay of Paddington (born 1939), British politician
  • Martin Jay (born 1944), American historian
  • Michael Jay, Baron Jay of Ewelme (born 1946), British politician
  • Norman Jay, British DJ
  • Paul Jay, Canadian film director
  • Paul L. Jay (born 1946), American literary theorist
  • Peter Augustus Jay (1776–1843), American public servant
  • Peter Jay (born 1937), British broadcaster and diplomat
  • Pierre Jay (1870–1949), American banker
  • Ricky Jay (born 1948), American magician
  • Steve Jay (born 1951), American bassist
  • Tony Jay (1933–2006), British actor
  • Tyler Jay, baseball player
  • Vincent Jay (born 1985), French biathlete
  • William Jay (minister) (1769–1853), British preacher
  • William Jay (jurist) (1789–1858), American jurist
  • William Jay (Colonel), American army colonel

Jay is also a transliteration of the Korean surname Chae.

Jay (album)

Jay is Taiwanese Mandopop artist Jay Chou's debut Mandarin solo studio album. It was released on 6 November 2000 by Alfa Music and distributed by Sony Music Taiwan with a VCD containing seven music videos.

The tracks "可愛女人" (Adorable Lady) is listed at number 74 on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2000. and "星晴" (Starry Mood) at number 80 on the same chart for 2001.

The album was awarded one of the Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year at the 2001 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards, presented by the Hong Kong branch of IFPI. It was also nominated for five awards at the 12th Golden Melody Awards in 2001, including Best New Artist for Chou for his work on this album; and won Best Mandarin Album.

Jay (given name)

Jay is a common given name or nickname. It may be a nickname for James, Jamie, Jacob, Jared, Joaquin, Jeremy, Jeffrey, John, Jonathan, Joseph, Jason, Jordan, Justin, etc. In Hindu cultures, Jay or Jai is a common first name derived from the Sanskrit for "win" or "victory."

Usage examples of "jay".

Rarely does it occur to Bev that she has no good reason to compete with a woman Jay fantasizes about chopping up and feeding to the alligators and crawfish in the bayou outside their door.

One step would lead to another until Marino discovered Jay Talley and Bev Kiffin in Baton Rouge and eliminated them.

Jay had spotted her, Birdie glared at him, obviously having overheard his disparaging remarks regarding her pet.

Without removing his hold on Birdie, Jay waved a crumpled piece of paper at Allison.

Then he slew a cassowary and a flamingo and a grebe and a heron and a bittern and a pair of ducks and a shouting peacock and a dancing crane and a bustard and a lily-trotter and, wiping the sacred sweat from his brow with one ermine-trimmed sleeve, slew a wood pigeon and a cockatoo and a tawny owl and a snowy owl and a magpie and three jackdaws and a crow and a jay and a dove.

Jay had suggested that the outfit needed chukka boots and a riding crop to really complete the look, but Marion was not amused.

Even therewith he deemed he heard a sound less harsh than the cry of the jay in the beech-trees, and shriller than the moaning of the morning breeze in the wood.

The driver, a taciturn android who could be trusted never to speak of his mission, bent his lips into an expression of perfect nonhearing as Dack presented Jay Donnerjack his overnight bag, an eft stick, and much advice.

BY THE TiME JAY AND LizzlE GOT BACK TO THE castle, ei-ht or ten servants were about, lighting fires L and swe eping floors by candlelight.

Bardeen leaned forward, watching closely, as Lesa Pfluge finally came to the crucial part, the part Jody Jay hoped would damn the Feen in the public view.

Jay Kalam habitually taciturn, Hal Samdu, slow with words, Giles Habibula overly cautious.

Old Giles Habibula is too old, Jay, too ill and lame, to be running through black and filthy rat-holes on his knees, and dancing up and down flimsy little ladders in the dark.

Hal Samdu, cool, composed Jay Kalam, wheezing, groaning Giles Habibula.

At one time, according to Lady Hesketh, he had besides two dogs, two goldfinches, and two canaries, five rabbits, three hares, two guinea-pigs, a squirrel, a magpie, a jay, and a starling.

Skull and Bones roster roll off the tongue like an elite party list -- Lord, Whitney, Taft, Jay, Bundy, Harriman, Weyerhaeuser, Pinchot, Rockefeller, Goodyear, Sloane, Stimson, Phelps, Perkins, Pillsbury, Kellogg, Vanderbilt, Bush, Lovett and so on.