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Jacobin a member of a society of radical democrats that used terrorist tactics during the French Revolution. [3 definitions]
Jacobite a supporter of James II of England or of the Stuart claimants to the throne following 1688.
Jacob's ladder in the Bible, a ladder from earth to heaven seen by Jacob in a dream. [3 definitions]
Jacquard a loom used for weaving elaborate designs; Jacquard loom. [2 definitions]
jactitation in law, a false boast or claim that causes harm to another. [2 definitions]
Jacuzzi trademark for a type of bath equipped with air jets that create a whirlpool effect.
jade1 one of two hard, translucent, usu. green minerals, nephrite or jadeite, or the carved and polished jewelry or decorative objects made from them. [2 definitions]
jade2 to make tired, listless, or worn-out, as through hard work or excessive exposure. [3 definitions]
jaded dulled or wearied by excessive exposure to something or by over-indulgence; sated; surfeited. [3 definitions]
jadeite the rarer, more valuable, and more varicolored variety of jade.
jade plant a popular thick-leaved houseplant that is native to South Africa and Asia.
jaeger any of several sea birds that snatch prey from weaker birds.
jag1 a sharply pointed projection; barb or tooth. [3 definitions]
jag2 a period of excessive indulgence; binge.
jagged sharply and unevenly pointed. [2 definitions]
jaguar a large wild cat, resembling but larger than a leopard, that is native to Central and South America.
jaguarondi a small wild cat of South America with a long slender body and tail.
jai alai a game somewhat similar to handball but played on a larger court, in which players have a curved basket strapped to the wrist for catching and hurling the ball.
jail a building in which a government confines accused or convicted offenders, usu. for short periods. [3 definitions]
jailbait (slang) a person under the age of consent, sexual intercourse with whom may be punishable as statutory rape.
jailbird (informal) someone who is serving or has served time in jail; convict.