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From Middle English jaundis, jaunis, from Middle French jaunisse, from jaune (yellow) + -isse (-ness). Jaune, from Old French jalne, from Latin galbinus (yellowish), from galbus (yellow).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɔndɪs/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɔːndɪs/
  • (US, dialectal) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒændɚz/, /ˈd͡ʒɑndɚz/, /ˈd͡ʒɔndɚz/ (see janders)[1][2]
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  • Rhymes: -ɔːndɪs


jaundice (countable and uncountable, plural jaundices)

  1. (pathology) A morbid condition, characterized by yellowness of the eyes, skin, and urine. [from early 14th c.]
    Synonym: icterus
    • c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i], page 163:
      Why ſhould a man whoſe bloud is warme within, / Sit like his Grandſire, cut in Alabaſter? / Sleepe when he wakes? and creep into the Iaundies / By being peeuiſh?
    • 1920, Natalie Clifford Barney, “A Sonnet to My Lady with the Jaundice”, in Poems & poèmes:
      But look in this new mirror, lovely friend. / Both gods and fairies wait on lovers' wills. / That jaundices be changed to daffodils!
    • 2004, Gabrielle Hatfield, Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions, ABC-CLIO, →ISBN, page 215:
      In British folk medicine there are some unusual remedies for jaundice. A bizarre superstition from Staffordshire is that if a bladder is filled with the patient's urine and placed near the fire, as it dries out, the patient will recover (Black 1883: 56).
    • 2016, Dueep Jyot Singh, John Davidson, Knowing More About Jaundice - Prevention and Natural Cure Remedies of Jaundice, Mendon Cottage Books, →ISBN, page 8:
      Just ask the doctors how many cases of infantile jaundice in newborn babies have this scene that particular week?
  2. (figurative) A feeling of bitterness, resentment or jealousy. [from 1620s]
    • 1842, Alfred Tennyson, “Walking to the Mail”, in Poems. [], volume II, London: Edward Moxon, [], →OCLC, page 48:
      No, sir, he, / Vex'd with a morbid devil in his blood / That veil'd the world with jaundice, hid his face / From all men, and commercing with himself, / He lost the sense that handles daily life— []

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jaundice (third-person singular simple present jaundices, present participle jaundicing, simple past and past participle jaundiced)

  1. (transitive) To affect with jaundice; to color by prejudice or envy; to prejudice. [from 1791]



  1. ^ Bingham, Caleb (1808) “Improprieties in Pronunciation, common among the people of New-England”, in The Child's Companion; Being a Conciſe Spelling-book [] [1], 12th edition, Boston: Manning & Loring, →OCLC, page 75.
  2. ^ Hall, Joseph Sargent (1942 March 2) “1. The Vowel Sounds of Stressed Syllables”, in The Phonetics of Great Smoky Mountain Speech (American Speech: Reprints and Monographs; 4), New York: King's Crown Press, →DOI, →ISBN, § 7, page 33.

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