Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or located in the region of the neck or throat.
  • n. A jugular vein.
  • n. The most vital part: a strategic attack aimed at the enemy's jugular.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to, or located near, the neck or throat.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to fish with ventral fins attached under the throat.
  • adj. Relating to juggling.
  • n. Vein through the neck (or thorax) that returns blood from the head back towards the heart. Properly this is called the jugular vein.
  • n. By extension, any critical vulnerability.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the throat or neck.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the jugular vein.
  • adj. Having the ventral fins beneath the throat; -- said of certain fishes.
  • n. One of the large veins which return the blood from the head to the heart through two chief trunks, an external and an internal, on each side of the neck; -- called also the jugular vein.
  • n. Any fish which has the ventral fins situated forward of the pectoral fins, or beneath the throat; one of a division of fishes (Jugulares).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anatomy, pertaining to the throat in general.
  • In ichthyology: Having the ventral fins situated at the throat, in advance of the pectorals: as, a jugular fish. Cf.
  • Situated in advance of the pectorals: as, jugular fins.
  • In ornithology, pertaining to the jugulum.
  • In entomology, one of the large corneous plates covering the maxillæ in certain Coleoptera.
  • In ichthyology, one of the anterior cardinal veins, which bring back blood from the head and anterior extremities. Also called vena jugularis.
  • n. In anatomy, a jugular vein.
  • n. In ichthyology, a jugular fish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vital part that is vulnerable to attack
  • adj. relating to or located in the region of the neck or throat
  • n. veins in the neck that return blood from the head

Etymologies

Late Latin iugulāris (vēna), jugular (vein), from Latin iugulum, collarbone, diminutive of iugum, yoke.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin jugulāris, from Latin iugulum ("neck, throat"), from iugum ("yoke"), from Proto-Indo-European *yugóm. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In other words, Moore in the usual vein (jugular, that is).

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  • They're kind of in a bind there: if they really believe going for the jugular is their only hope, then they have to go for it.

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  • But his Democratic heirs mostly lacked either the light touch or the instinct for the jugular, which is one reason so few have made it to the White House.

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  • And he can go for the jugular, which is something he does rather well, as opposed to Barack Obama, who is much more academic, and I don't think he really likes to get involved in that kind of -- correct me if you think I'm wrong.

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  • Another pair of veins runs from the head, past ears, through the neck; which veins are termed the jugular veins.

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  • It has been called the jugular view of the British Commonwealth but we know that it is oil rather than blood which should flow through it.

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  • In this situation the vagus presents a well-marked ganglionic enlargement, which is called the jugular ganglion (ganglion of the root); to it the accessory nerve is connected by one or two filaments.

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  • Based on past performance, she won't waste her time with little sarcasms against Palin herself; instead, she'll go straight to the GOP's jugular, which is bad policy and its current consequences.

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  • Sorry Glenda, vampires go for the jugular which is much bigger, nor are they too precise and certainly wouldn't worry about hurting you.

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  • Effective cut blocker who will go for the "jugular" on his hits.

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