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jamb the side, or side frame, of a door or window opening.
jambalaya a Creole dish of rice cooked with ham, chicken, shrimp, oysters, and the like, and seasoned with herbs and spices.
jamboree (informal) a noisy or enthusiastic party or celebration. [2 definitions]
James according to the New Testament, one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. [3 definitions]
James Farmer American civil rights activist and strong believer in non-violent protest against injustice. Farmer was an initiator of the Freedom Rides in the early 1960s, which served to highlight and challenge racial segregation and discrimination in the U.S. (b.1920--d. 1999).
James Joyce an Irish author (b.1882--d.1941).
James Watt a Scottish engineer and inventor of the steam engine (b.1736--d.1819).
Jammu and Kashmir see "Kashmir."
jam-packed packed very tightly; crammed.
jam session an informal gathering, esp. of jazz musicians, to play improvisations together.
Jan. abbreviation of "January," the first month of the Gregorian calendar year, having thirty-one days.
Jane Doe the name used in legal proceedings to indicate a fictitious or unknown woman.
jangle to emit a harsh, unmelodious sound, as of chains striking something. [4 definitions]
janitor someone employed to clean, make minor repairs to, and take care of a building or the like.
janizary (often cap.) formerly, a member of a Turkish sultan's guard. [2 definitions]
Janjaweed (used with a pl. verb) a heavily-armed, mounted militia group based in the Darfur region of Sudan. The name "janjaweed" comes from the Arabic, meaning "ghost riders."
January the first month of the Gregorian calendar year, having thirty-one days.
Janus in Roman mythology, the god who protects entrances and exits and is portrayed with two faces looking in opposite directions.
Jap (offensive slang) a Japanese person.
Japan an island country in the Pacific off the coast of Korea and the Soviet Union; Nippon.
japan any of a number of shiny, black, long-lasting varnishes. [4 definitions]