jet·​ty | \ˈje-tē \
plural jetties

Definition of jetty 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

Definition of jetty (Entry 2 of 3)



Definition of jetty (Entry 3 of 3)

: black as jet

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Synonyms for jetty

Synonyms: Noun

dock, float, landing, levee, pier, 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

If a cyclist is not paying attention or there is low visibility, the jetty could potentially cause a rider to halt abruptly and flip over the front end of the bike. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Bike The Woodlands Coalition: safety always comes first while riding," 25 May 2018 Stretching six miles into the massive mouth of the river, the jetty was constructed between 1885 and 1913, with rehabilitation done regularly ever since., "Fort Stevens is one of Oregon's best, most expansive state parks," 18 Feb. 2018 The restaurant is next to a jetty and a lighthouse, its large parking lot a jumping-off point for runners and cyclists who use a 10-mile path that rings the water. Frances Stead Sellers, Washington Post, "Two Oklahoma citizens killed an active shooter, and it's not as simple as it sounds," 13 July 2018 Fish from the jetties just past where the waves are breaking for best results. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 14," 13 July 2018 The weather service said current conditions could create currents than can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip currents or piers and jetties. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Chris expected to strengthen to hurricane off East Coast," 9 July 2018 Eads' jetties at New Orleans were brilliant in their simplicity. Mike Scott,, "Meet the man who tamed the Mississippi -- and saved the port of New Oreans," 1 May 2018 The jetties are recognized as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mike Scott,, "Meet the man who tamed the Mississippi -- and saved the port of New Oreans," 1 May 2018 Jetty fishing along the North and South jetties was good for perch, black rockfish, kelp greenling and included some catches of keeper lingcod. sacbee, "Fishing line: Striper action takes off near Colusa and on Feather River | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018

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

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 \
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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