cos·​ta | \ ˈkä-stə How to pronounce costa (audio) \
plural costae\ ˈkä-​(ˌ)stē How to pronounce costa (audio) , -​ˌstī \

Definition of costa

2 : a part (such as the midrib of a leaf or the anterior vein of an insect wing) that resembles a rib

Other Words from costa

costal \ ˈkä-​stᵊl How to pronounce costa (audio) \ adjective

Examples of costa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Una pueblerina alcanza en la capital el triunfo artístico como cantante, pero a costa de tribulaciones amorosas. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2019 Estas incluían las marchas forzadas y los viajes en botes fluviales de africanos esclavizados desde la costa del Atlántico de Colombia, seguidos por la Guerra de Independencia y rebeliones regionales. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, 14 June 2019 While Barcelona is a vibrant attraction for short breaks, most of the country’s visitors head to its famous costas and islands such as Majorca and Lanzarote. Christopher Jasper,, 18 Aug. 2017 COSTA MESA CONFIRMS The Chargers and Costa Mesa city officials confirmed the team will lease part of The Hive, 3333 S. Susan St., and 3.2 nearby acres to use as its headquarters while looking for a permanent location. Orange County Register, 13 Jan. 2017 COSTA MESA Posing as dead crocodiles, complete with fake blood, two PETA activists held a protest in front of South Coast Plaza’s Louis Vuitton store Friday, urging shoppers not to purchase products made from the reptile. Louis Casiano Jr., Orange County Register, 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of costa

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for costa

Latin — more at coast

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“Costa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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cos·​ta | \ ˈkäs-tə How to pronounce costa (audio) \
plural costae\ -​(ˌ)tē, -​ˌtī How to pronounce costa (audio) \

Medical Definition of costa

: rib

Costa biographical name

Cos·​ta | \ ˈkȯsh-tə How to pronounce Costa (audio) \

Definition of Costa

Antonio (Luis Santos da) 1961–     prime minister of Portugal (2015–  )


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