Meaning of JET in English

I. jet 1 /dʒet/ BrE AmE noun

[ Sense 1-2: Date: 1600-1700 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ jet 2 ]

[ Sense 3: Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: jaiet , from Latin gagates , from Greek , from Gagas , town and river in Asia Minor where it was found ]

1 . [countable] a fast plane with a jet engine

jet fighter/aircraft/airliner

a squadron of F-6 jet fighter aircraft

He owns a private jet.

⇨ ↑ jumbo jet

2 . [countable] a narrow stream of liquid or gas that comes quickly out of a small hole, or the hole itself

jet of

She soaped herself beneath the refreshing jets of water.

3 . [uncountable] a hard black stone that is used for making jewellery

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▪ plane ( also aeroplane British English ), airplane American English a vehicle that flies in the air and has wings and at least one engine:

The plane took off from John F Kennedy airport.


a passenger plane carrying over 300 people

▪ aircraft a plane or other vehicle that can fly. Aircraft sounds more formal than plane :

Smoking is not allowed on board the aircraft.


He was trained to fly military aircraft.

▪ jet a fast plane with a jet engine:

She owns a private jet.

▪ airliner a large plane that carries people:

a commercial airliner

II. jet 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle jetted , present participle jetting ) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: jetter , getter 'to throw' , from Latin jactare ]

1 . informal to travel by plane, especially to many different places

jet off

We’re jetting off for a sunshine holiday in the Caribbean.

business executives jetting around the world

2 . if a liquid or gas jets out from somewhere, it comes quickly out of a small hole

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.