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English definition of “joint”

joint

adjective uk   /dʒɔɪnt/ us  
B2 belonging to or shared between two or more people: a joint bank account The project was a joint effort between the two schools (= they worked on it together). The two Russian ice skaters came joint second (= they were both given second prize) in the world championships. In court, the parents were awarded joint custody of their son (= the right to care for him was shared between them).
jointly
adverb uk   /dʒɔɪnt.li/ us  
C1 The Channel Tunnel was jointly funded by the French and British.

joint

noun [C] uk   /dʒɔɪnt/ us  

joint noun [C] (BODY)

C2 a place in your body where two bones are connected: an elbow/hip/knee joint As you become older, your joints get stiffer. put sth out of joint to force a joint in the body out of its correct position by accident: I put my shoulder out of joint last weekend lifting heavy boxes.

joint noun [C] (CONNECTION)

a place where two things are fixed together: Damp has penetrated the joints in the wood panelling.

joint noun [C] (MEAT)

a large piece of meat that is cooked in one piece: a joint of beef/pork a piece of meat for cooking, usually containing a bone: Fry four chicken joints in a pan with some mushrooms and garlic.

joint noun [C] (PLACE)

C1 informal a bar or restaurant that serves cheap food and drink: We had lunch at a hamburger joint and then went to see a movie. slang a place where people go for entertainment, especially one that has a bad reputation: He owned several bars in the city and ran an illegal gambling joint. We arrived at the club just before midnight and the joint was already jumping (= busy).

joint noun [C] (DRUG)

slang a cigarette containing the drug cannabis

joint

verb [T] uk   /dʒɔɪnt/ us  
to cut meat into large pieces ready for cooking
(Definition of joint from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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