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

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 One of the bodies was found by a fisherman by a jetty around 1:40 p.m., Thursday, and the second was spotted by a pilot from the sheriff's office around three hours later, Smith said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Bodies believed to be those of 2 missing teens found at Utah Lake," 15 May 2020 Niyama Private Islands Like a resort within a resort, The Crescent is a collection of five pool villas that, combined, can accommodate up to 22 people, situated together at the end of a long, private jetty. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, "9 Incredible Private Villas in the Maldives That Hardly Seem Real," 26 Apr. 2020 Satellite images captured by Planet Labs inc. on May 10 show that sections of pipeline have been moved to a jetty equipped with a crane for loading. Jonathan Tirone,, "The World’s Most Controversial Gas Pipeline Is Nearing Its Endgame," 12 May 2020 The men from the ship had jumped into the water and climbed onto the jetty, according to the Coast Guard. oregonlive, "Coast Guard rescues two people off Coos River jetty," 22 Sep. 2019 This private retreat, set off from the main resort down a long, dramatic jetty, also has an infinity pool, gym, and a butler’s quarters. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, "9 Incredible Private Villas in the Maldives That Hardly Seem Real," 26 Apr. 2020 Stay here: Every room at Ayana Komodo Resort (opened in 2018) has floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony; plus, there's a private jetty and fleet of boats available to take you to Komodo. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Pink Sand Beaches in the World," 15 Jan. 2020 The mansions along the coast sport jetties to allow access to the superyachts anchored in the azure blue bay. Dana Thomas, Washington Post, "A billionaires’ compound with its own coronavirus testing center stokes anger on the French Riviera," 20 Apr. 2020 The weather service said people should stay off beaches, jetties and rocks near the water while the warning is in effect. oregonlive, "Sneaker wave warning issued for southern Oregon coast," 4 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oregon beaches are now open daily from the Columbia River north jetty to the Siuslaw River. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Big early return of Willamette steelhead bolsters Oregon biologists’ hopes of reversing a major extinction threat," 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,, "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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8 Jun 2020

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“Jetty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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