jet·​ty | \ ˈje-tē How to pronounce jetty (audio) \
plural jetties

Definition of jetty

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1a : a structure extended into a sea, lake, or river to influence the current or tide or to protect a harbor
b : a protecting frame of a pier
2 : a landing wharf


jettied; jettying

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Definition of jetty (Entry 3 of 3)

: deep black in color : jet-black

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Synonyms for jetty

Synonyms: Noun

dock, float, landing, levee, pier, quai, quay, wharf

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Examples of jetty in a Sentence


didn't see any passengers waiting for the ferry, so the captain sailed past the jetty

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Across the harbor, behind a jetty, a second memorial grew Wednesday, with flowers framing a permanent plaque commemorating all those who have been lost at sea. Washington Post, "Memorials show California community’s grief over boat fire," 5 Sep. 2019 Silvery waves slosh at the ornate jetty of Vizcaya, a Renaissance-style museum on Miami’s Biscayne Bay. David Campany, The New Yorker, "Life in Miami on the Knife’s Edge of Climate Change," 18 Aug. 2019 This is a small beach with a jetty for saltwater fishing, among the best around. Caryn B. Davis,, "The New York Times comes to Rhode Island’s beaches, and proclaims: “People are friendly and relaxed, and it’s contagious.’’," 11 Aug. 2019 Officials are investigating whether record-high water levels along the lakefront contributed to the crash of a motorboat that slammed into a jetty near Diversey Harbor early Thursday, killing a woman and injuring two of her friends. Rosemary Sobol,, "Officials investigating whether high water levels contributed to fatal boat crash near Diversey Harbor," 11 July 2019 The jetties have splintered under the assault of the dozens of cyclones and storms that roll in off the Bay of Bengal every year. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 Both the North and South jetties produced good catches of cabezon, lingcod, kelp greenling, rockfish and perch. sacbee, "Fishing line: Trout action improves near Folsom Dam," 9 Jan. 2018 The post included photos of Kennedy Hill leaping from a jetty into the water with her cousin, moving into a Boston College dorm, skiing with her cousins on a mountain (while wearing bathing suits), and swinging on a rope into Nantucket Sound. Emily Sweeney,, "‘A brave woman left our world yesterday’: Maria Shriver tweets heartfelt message on death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill," 2 Aug. 2019 Today, Gomez was spotted strolling along a jetty on the Amalfi Coast carrying Staud’s Bissett canvas top-handle bag. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Has a Go-To Vacation Bag—And It’s Super Chic," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The two were walking on the Del Mar jetty around 9:25 a.m. when a large wave broke over the jetty and sent both women tumbling down the rocks and into the water, said Oceanside lifeguard Sgt. Karen Kucher,, "2 women rescued after swept off jetty by wave," 8 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Through mid-September, city officials had issued 29 such citations near the unofficial river jetty dog beach — putting them on pace to write about 40 by the end of the year. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Dogs, downward: N.B. animal-control officers writing fewer tickets at unofficial ‘dog beach’ so far this year," 12 Sep. 2019 Boats can resume entering or exiting Huntington Harbour now that the Coast Guard has finished replacing a jetty navigation light in Anaheim Bay. Priscella Vega,, "Huntington Harbour reopens after Coast Guard replaces Anaheim Bay navigation light," 18 Apr. 2018 And they, along with state and federal lawmakers, pushed for the dredging and jetty project. Scott Dance,, "At Smith Island, a chance to shore up the future," 8 July 2017

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First Known Use of jetty


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1598, in the meaning defined above


1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jetty


Middle English getee, jette, from Anglo-French geté, getee, from past participle of geter, jeter to throw — more at jet

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English Language Learners Definition of jetty

: a long structure that is built out into water and used as a place to get on, get off, or tie up a boat


jet·​ty | \ ˈje-tē How to pronounce jetty (audio) \
plural jetties

Kids Definition of jetty

1 : a pier built to change the path of the current or tide or to protect a harbor
2 : a landing wharf

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to make a temporary encampment

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