Meaning of “joint” in the English Dictionary

"joint" in British English

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jointadjective

uk /dʒɔɪnt/ us /dʒɔɪnt/

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).

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  • He holds joint citizenship in Sweden and Peru.
  • The parents were given joint custody of the child.
jointly
adverb uk /ˈdʒɔɪnt.li/ us /ˈdʒɔɪnt.li/

C1

The Channel Tunnel was jointly funded by the French and British.

jointnoun [ C ]

uk /dʒɔɪnt/ us /dʒɔɪnt/

joint noun [ C ] (PLACE)

C1 informal a bar or restaurant that serves food and drink at low prices:

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).

jointverb [ T ]

uk /dʒɔɪnt/ us /dʒɔɪnt/

(Definition of “joint” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"joint" in American English

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jointadjective [ not gradable ]

us /dʒɔɪnt/

joint adjective [ not gradable ] (SHARED)

belonging to or shared between two or more people:

Do you and your husband have a joint bank account or separate accounts?
In court, the parents were awarded joint custody of their son (= the right to care for him was shared between them).
joint venture

A joint venture is a business that gets its money from two or more partners.

jointly
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈdʒɔɪnt·li/

Construction of the new high school will be jointly funded by the city and the state.

jointnoun [ C ]

us /dʒɔɪnt/

joint noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

a place in the body where two bones meet:

Good running shoes are supposed to reduce the stress on the ankle, knee, and hip joints.

joint noun [ C ] (CONNECTION)

a place where two things are joined together:

Metal joints in the bridge allow it to expand or contract with changes in air temperature.

joint noun [ C ] (PLACE)

slang a cheap restaurant:

a hamburger joint

slang A joint is also a place where people go for some type of entertainment:

a jazz joint

(Definition of “joint” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"joint" in Business English

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jointadjective

uk /dʒɔɪnt/ us

belonging to or shared between two or more people or organizations:

a joint bank account
The new Centre for Innovation was a joint effort between the private sector, the public sector, and several universities.

(Definition of “joint” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)