Definition of jugular noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒʌɡjələ(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒʌɡjələr//
(also jugular vein) Internal anatomy
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  • any of the three large veins in the neck that carry blood from the head towards the heart See related entries: Internal anatomy
  • Word Originlate 16th cent.: from late Latin jugularis, from Latin jugulum ‘collarbone, throat’, diminutive of jugum ‘yoke’.Idioms (informal) to attack somebody’s weakest point during a discussion, in an aggressive way She went straight for the jugular and asked him to explain his previous criminal record.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jugular