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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
jumbo jet
▪ The shuttle was then loaded atop a converted 747 jumbo jet and flown back to Kennedy.
▪ Meanwhile, those who observed the jumbo jet exploding say they still have vivid memories.
▪ That's the same as a full jumbo jet crashing at Heathrow every day of the week and two on Sunday.
▪ Flight attendant Lauren Holly takes the controls on a jumbo jet after a prisoner escapes and eliminates the crew.
▪ Bird strikes have become far more frequent since the jumbo jets were introduced in the late 1970's.
▪ S.-made Stinger anti-aircraft missile could have downed the jumbo jet.
▪ She became a pilot and now flies jumbo jets between Bali, Hawaii and Los Angeles.
▪ A couple of jumbo jets could land on the floor space that houses this bash.
jumbo shrimp
The Collaborative International Dictionary

jumbo \jum"bo\ (j[u^]m"b[-o]), n. Any object which is a very large example of its class.


jumbo \jum"bo\ (j[u^]m"b[-o]), a. [From the name Jumbo, given to a very large elephant exhibited as part of P. T. Barnum's circus in 1882.] Very large.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"very large, unusually large for its type," 1882, a reference to Jumbo, name of the London Zoo's huge elephant (acquired from France, said to have been captured as a baby in Abyssinia in 1861), sold February 1882 to U.S. circus showman P.T. Barnum amid great excitement in America and great outcry in England, both fanned by Barnum. The name is perhaps from slang jumbo "clumsy, unwieldy fellow" (1823), which itself is possibly from a word for "elephant" in a West African language (compare Kongo nzamba).\n\n"I tell you conscientiously that no idea of the immensity of the animal can be formed. It is a fact that he is simply beyond comparison. The largest elephants I ever saw are mere dwarfs by the side of Jumbo."

[P.T. Barnum, interview, "Philadelphia Press," April 22, 1882]

\nAs a product size, by 1886 (cigars). Jumbo jet attested by 1964.

a. Especially large or powerful. n. An especially large or powerful person, animal or thing.


adj. of great mass; huge and bulky; "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp" [syn: elephantine, gargantuan, giant]


Jumbo (1861 – September 15, 1885), also known as Jumbo the Elephant and Jumbo the Circus Elephant, was a 19th-century male African Bush Elephant born in the French Sudan (present-day Mali). Jumbo was eventually exported to a zoo in Paris, France; and then transferred in 1865 to London Zoo in England. Jumbo was sold to P. T. Barnum, who took him to America for exhibition in March 1882.

The giant elephant's name has spawned the common word, "jumbo", meaning large in size. Jumbo's height, estimated to be in the London Zoo, was claimed to be approximately by the time of his death.

Jumbo's legacy lives on as Tufts University's mascot. and is referenced by a plaque outside the old Liberal Hall, now a Wetherspoons pub, in Crediton.

Jumbo (musical)

Jumbo is a musical produced by Billy Rose, with music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and book by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.

Jumbo (band)

Jumbo is the name of an Avanzada Regia Alternative rock band from Monterrey, Mexico.

They were founded in May 1997 with the following lineup:

  • Alejandro Clemente Castillo Guerra, known simply as "Castillo"; ( vocals and guitar)
  • Jorge Tamez Chapa, aka "Flip Fantastic", "Fruit", or "Flipi"; ( guitar)
  • Carlos Alfredo Castro Aradillas, aka "Charly Pornet"; ( bass guitar)
  • Eduardo David González Peláez., aka "Edy" or "Eddie"; ( keyboard)
  • Enrique Demián González Peláez, aka "Bugs Wako"; ( drums)
Jumbo (supermarket)

' Jumbo' is a supermarket chain in the Netherlands. It is part of the privately owned Van Eerd Group. Van Eerd was originally a grocery wholesale company, established in 1921.

Jumbo (disambiguation)

Jumbo was a 19th-century circus elephant.

Jumbo may also refer to:

Jumbo (song)

"Jumbo" is a song by Underworld that appears on the album Beaucoup Fish. The single peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 21.

Jumbo (Bee Gees song)

"Jumbo" is a song released by the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb. It was released as a double A side with " The Singer Sang His Song" but featured as the lead track in some territories.

Jumbo (hypermarkets)

Hipermercados Jumbo (Jumbo Hypermarkets) is a Chilean chain of hypermarkets operating in Chile, Argentina and in Colombia.

Jumbo (magazine)

Jumbo was a weekly comic magazine published in Milan, Italy from 1932 to 1938.

Jumbo (British band)

Jumbo, formerly The Unloved, The Sun then Angelique, was a Swansea-based pop cover band from London, managed by JV Entertainments and briefly signed to a national record deal. Angelique included Tony Lukyn on Hammond organ, went on to join Tranquility (managed by Ashley Kozak) who signed the band to US Epic Records and released two US/UK albums and 6 Epic singles and one single on Island Records UK (Midnight Fortune). After a period of time Jumbo formed then the Tremeloes management asked two Jumbo members, Bob Benham and Aaron Woolley joined them. Jumbo released three singles, produced by Alan Blakely & Chip (Len) Hawkes (of The Tremeloes) The 2nd single Sitting Thinkin narrowly missed a top 30 spot in the NME and Melody Maker charts.

Benham went on to join The Rubettes. He and Woolley reformed as an Eagles tribute band in the 1990s. Woolley is now an accomplished Jazz and acoustic guitar player based in Perth,. Bob Benham is in the property business in Spain. Tony Lukyn is a music producer, songwriter who lives in the US with Tranquility band members: Terry Shaddick and Kevin MacCarthy.

Jumbo (film)

Jumbo is a 2008 Bollywood animation film directed by Kompin Kemgumnird, produced by Percept Picture Company and features the voices of Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Dimple Kapadia, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Gulshan Grover, and Yuvraj Singh.It has Yashveer Bains as lead role of Jumbo. The film is an official remake/ redubbing of the 2006 Thai film Khan Kluay. The film was dubbed and released in Hindi and the creative direction on the Hindi film was by Mayur Puri. Jumbo released worldwide on Christmas Day 2008, but was met with poor critical reviews and turned out to be one of the biggest box office disasters of the year. In 2011 A direct to DVD sequel titled Jumbo 2: The Return of the Big Elephant was released.

Kumar was reportedly paid nine crores for the dubbing and two promotional songs.

Usage examples of "jumbo".

I can assure you I have quite a lot at my disposal all kinds of different spells fee faw fums, mumbo jumbos, abraxas, love potions, he glanced quickly at the queen here and added, though I see you have no need of the last of those, having a very beautiful wife whom you love to distraction.

Along each side of the long center aisle there were stalls selling yogurt with fruit topping, kielbasy on a roll with sauerkraut, lobster rolls, submarine sandwiches, French bread, country pate, Greek salad, sweet and sour chicken, baklava, cookies, bagels, oysters, cheese, fresh fruit on a stick, ice cream, cheesecake, barbecued chicken, pizza, doughnuts, cookies, galantine of duck, roast beef sandwiches with chutney on fresh-baked bread, bean sprouts, dried peaches, jumbo cashews and other nuts.

She stopped on her way out of the luncheonette to buy a jumbo chocolate-chip cookie, pocketed the receipt for reimbursement and headed back outside into the sour, desert-dry afternoon.

I like this a lot better than trying to sort out mystical mumbo jumbo.

Monday, the big news was that over the weekend somebody had smashed the glass in the trophy case and stolen Mumbo Jumbo.

The Church emphatically denies the existence of ley lines or any such fertility-goddess, earth-magic mumbo jumbo.

And now there is a squealing, wailing, unearthly sound, and out of the wood, with a hop, skip, and jump, comes Mumbo Jumbo, a hideous mask on his face and a scourge in his hand.

Hoover - you consider her opinions and conclusions all a pack of mumbo jumbo?

Imagine Florida as a humongous jumbo jet, packed with 13 million restless passengers.

Since he was not a practicing litigator, Quinn was not caught up in the mumbo jumbo of the legal profession.

McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, and seven miles down in the Pacific Ocean where pressures are more than a thousand times greater than at the surface, or equivalent to being squashed beneath fifty jumbo jets.

Before I could figure out what he was talking about he went to the back and from behind the beaverboard screen rolled out a big radio-phonograph and another Jumbo bottle.

As with jumbo conversation hearts, the larger size gave the candies a tenderness that was lacking in the taut, small version.

I saw the bulging face of the jumbo jet was that it looked like an obese or edematous gomer.

Then, slowly, as though a great jumbo jet were revving up, the rumbling from the Ireland supporters grew louder and louder and erupted into screams of delight.