Jumbo (noun)

  1. An exceptionally large or heavy person, animal, or thing.
  2. An elephant, especially one of the largest species, Loxodonta africana.
  3. A large aircraft, especially a large passenger aircraft.
  4. (Canada, US) A very large cup of coffee or other drink.


Origin uncertain, but probably from swahili jumbe (“chief”).


  1. The elephant at the zoo was a jumbo.
  2. The jumbo jet could carry over 500 passengers.
  3. I ordered a jumbo-sized iced coffee from the drive-thru.
  4. The restaurant chain is famous for their jumbo margaritas.
  5. I need a jumbo-sized suitcase for my trip overseas.
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