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peninsula

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noun pen·in·su·la \pə-ˈnin(t)-s(ə-)lə, -shə-lə\

Simple Definition of peninsula

  • : a piece of land that is almost entirely surrounded by water and is attached to a larger land area

Full Definition of peninsula

  1. :  a portion of land nearly surrounded by water and connected with a larger body by an isthmus; also :  a piece of land jutting out into the water whether with or without a well-defined isthmus

pen·in·su·lar play \-s(ə-)lər, -shə-lər\ adjective

Examples of peninsula

  1. They built their house on a narrow peninsula.

  2. <the peninsula is constantly buffeted by storms>



Origin of peninsula

Latin paeninsula, from paene almost + insula island


First Known Use: 1538



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