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

: deep black in color : jet-black

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Synonyms for jetty

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of jetty in a Sentence

Noun didn't see any passengers waiting for the ferry, so the captain sailed past the jetty
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eleven years and 700 miles later, it was recently spotted on a rock jetty on Queen Bess Island, back home in Barataria Bay. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2021 Located in tony Field Point Circle, which was formerly a horse track in the early 1900s, the roughly 2½-acre estate has 340 feet of private coastline on the Long Island Sound, an 180-foot stone jetty and a deep-water dock. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 To the west, streets and houses roll out in familiar grids while to the north, the form of Coffeepot Rock protrudes from a rock jetty off of Capitol Butte. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2021 It’s one of the only places in the Bay Area to catch Dungeness crab without a license — and without a hazardous walk on uneven rocks on a jetty or into dangerous waves. Momo Chang, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2021 Mary Brown Malouf, a former Dallas food writer, dining critic, editor and stylist, died Monday in Northern California after she was swept off a jetty by a large wave, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. Erin Booke, Dallas News, 9 Dec. 2020 Oregon has closed razor clam digging from the Columbia River south to the Siuslaw River’s north jetty in Florence following a high concentration of domoic acid found in clams on Clatsop County beaches. oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2020 In the last story, a woman sits on a beach watching her sons play on a jetty. Ann Levin, Star Tribune, 2 Nov. 2020 Razor digging remains open from the Siuslaw’s south jetty to the California border. oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oregon beaches are now open daily from the Columbia River north jetty to the Siuslaw River. oregonlive, 29 Feb. 2020 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,, 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, 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,, 18 Apr. 2018 And they, along with state and federal lawmakers, pushed for the dredging and jetty project. Scott Dance,, 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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“Jetty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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