inlet

noun in·let \ ˈin-ˌlet , -lət \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of inlet

1 a : a bay or recess in the shore of a sea, lake, or river; also : creek
b : a narrow water passage between peninsulas or through a barrier island leading to a bay or lagoon
2 : a way of entering; especially : an opening for intake

Examples of inlet in a Sentence

  1. The coast is dotted with tiny inlets.

  2. went fishing in the quiet inlets of the coast

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Origin and Etymology of inlet

from its letting water in

inlet Synonyms

Synonyms
arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), gulf, loch [Scottish]
Related Words
harbor, port, road (s), roadstead; narrow, sound, strait; bayou; backwater, slough (also slew or slue)

INLET Defined for English Language Learners

inlet

noun

Definition of inlet for English Language Learners

  • : a narrow area of water that goes into the land from a sea or lake

  • : an opening through which air, gas, or liquid can enter something (such as a machine)


INLET Defined for Kids

inlet

noun in·let \ ˈin-ˌlet \

Definition of inlet for Students

1 : a small or narrow bay
2 : an opening through which air, gas, or liquid can enter something

Medical Dictionary

inlet

noun in·let \ ˈin-ˌlet, -lət \

medical Definition of inlet

: the upper opening of a bodily cavity; especially : that of the cavity of the true pelvis bounded by the pelvic brim


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