Meaning of JOINT in English


I. joint 1 S2 W2 /dʒɔɪnt/ BrE AmE adjective [only before noun]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: French ; Origin: past participle of joindre ; ⇨ ↑ join ]

1 . involving two or more people or groups, or owned or shared by them:

The two ministers have issued a joint statement.

Both companies are involved in the joint development of a new medium-sized car.

The meal was a joint effort (=two or more people worked on it together) .

Manchester United and Arsenal are joint favourites to win the title (=are thought to have the same chance of winning) .

Both parties must sign the form if the account is to be in joint names (=belong to two named people) .

2 . joint venture a business activity begun by two or more people or companies working together

3 . joint resolution law a decision or law agreed by both houses of the US Congress and signed by the president

—jointly adverb :

tenants who are jointly responsible for their rent

II. joint 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: jointe , from joindre ; ⇨ ↑ join ]

1 . a part of your body that can bend because two bones meet there

knee/neck/hip/elbow etc joint

a permanently damaged knee joint

2 . British English a large piece of meat, usually containing a bone

joint of

a joint of beef

3 . a place where two things or parts of an object are joined together:

What should I use to seal the joint between the carport roof and the house wall?

4 . out of joint

a) if a bone in your body is out of joint, it has been pushed out of its correct position

b) if a system, group etc is out of joint, it is not working properly:

Something is out of joint in our society.

⇨ put sb’s nose out of joint at ↑ nose 1 (15)

5 . informal a cheap bar, club, or restaurant:

a hamburger joint

⇨ ↑ clip joint

6 . informal a cigarette containing ↑ cannabis SYN spliff

⇨ case the joint at ↑ case 2 (2)

III. joint 3 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

to cut meat into joints

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