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



BrE BrE//ˈdʒʌmbəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒʌmboʊ//
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(pl. jumbos) (also jumbo jet) a large plane that can carry several hundred passengers, especially a Boeing 747 See related entries: Aircraft Word Originearly 19th cent. (originally of a person): probably the second element of mumbo-jumbo. Originally denoting a large and clumsy person, the term became popular as the name of an elephant at London Zoo, which was sold in 1882 to the Barnum and Bailey circus.
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