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Definition of "jitney" [jitney]

  • A small motor vehicle, such as a bus or van, that transports passengers on a route for a small fare. (noun)
  • Archaic A nickel. (noun)
  • A small bus that carries passengers for a low price, originally five cents (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A nickel; five cents (noun)

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Use "jitney" in a sentence
  • "In the "jitney," as Mr. Merkel dubbed his auto, several cowboys from Diamond X (including the veteran foreman Slim) reached Happy"
  • "In specific trades, such as jitney services, government officials have created relatively pragmatic licensing requirements that help to foster growth and opportunity."
  • "Even before the automobile became ubiquitous, competition arose from other modes of transportation like the jitney, an automobile that carried passengers for a nickel along routes that ran parallel to the trolley line."