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Said to have been adapted by George Lucas from Japanese jidaigeki (meaning "period drama" motion pictures about samurai), or perhaps contaminated by association with the warrior’s title "jed" in the Barsoom Books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, a series which Lucas considered adapting to film before his work on Star Wars.

Proper noun

  1. A fictional order of beings from George Lucas's Star Wars universe who are gifted with heightened sensitivity to and awareness of "the Force," a mystical power contained in all living things.


  • 2002 November 10, Matt Groening, “Crimes of the Hot”, Futurama, FOX Television Network
    Professor Fransworth: A billion robot lives are about to be extinguished. Oh, the Jedis are going to feel this one!
  • 2008, Gary Berntsen, Ralph Pezzullo, The Walk-In‎, page 222
    Lescher launched into another assault, "The president and I still can't fathom how you could let a man like Freed disappear and then present his findings at the eleventh hour like he's some kind of Jedi warrior back from—"