ce·​no·​te | \ si-ˈnō-tē How to pronounce cenote (audio) \

Definition of cenote

: a deep sinkhole in limestone with a pool at the bottom that is found especially in Yucatán

Examples of cenote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like that town, Bacalar has cenotes, natural swimming holes in the limestone rock; early Mayan archaeological sites (Dzibanche and Kohunlich); and, of course, that gorgeous, photogenic water. Lauren Sloss, New York Times, "Is This the Next Tulum?," 24 Dec. 2019 Families can rent beachside tent cabins and book kayaking, fly-fishing, cenote snorkeling, and canal tour excursions within the reserve. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 The fossils were discovered in the Xoc cenote by photographer Kay Nicte Vilchis Zapata and cave expert Erick Sosa Rodriguez. Fox News, "Megalodon teeth discovered in Mexico," 5 Nov. 2019 Since the 1930s, Maya beekeepers have made the Yucatán—a peninsula covered with the largest remaining tropical forest in Mexico, sacred cenotes, and endangered wildlife—into a world-class honey producer. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 Stepping into the lobby of Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, where light streams down from a round opening in the ceiling into the shallow pool below, feels like being immersed in the natural beauty of a Mexican cenote. Vogue, "The Power of Scent: 5 New Fragrances to Help Those Vacation Memories Linger, Long After The Trip Ends," 31 May 2019 The design was chosen to mimic the iconic cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Geode Walls Are Better Than Any Subway Tile," 4 Mar. 2019 For you: two spa suites dramatically situated within the resort's cenote, and the world's largest tequila collection. Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "10 Trips That Are Truly Fun for the Whole Family," 30 Nov. 2016 There are also private catamaran excursions, lunch on a lovely stretch of beach off limits to the public, and dips in secret cenotes. Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "10 Trips That Are Truly Fun for the Whole Family," 30 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of cenote

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cenote

Mexican Spanish, from Yucatec ts'onot

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9 Jan 2020

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“Cenote.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cenote. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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