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

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

The gods’ barks were brought alongside the jetty at the Temple of Luxor and were carried on the shoulders of the priests to the sacred precinct. National Geographic, "Egypt’s pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival," 25 June 2019 SE Williams Party Boats-Fishing Offers Galveston Bay and jetty trips, and deep-sea Gulf of Mexico trips. Houston Chronicle, "Get out on the water: Houston-area boat rentals," 10 May 2018 The south jetty of the Columbia River is one of the most incredible sites on the Oregon coast., "Fort Stevens is one of Oregon's best, most expansive state parks," 18 Feb. 2018 Cast your line off the jetty for blackfish, flounder, mackerel, and stripers., "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 That's when engineer James Buchanan Eads came up with a brilliant idea: Erect a series of jetties along the river's banks, essentially narrowing the river. Mike Scott,, "Meet the man who tamed the Mississippi -- and saved the port of New Oreans," 1 May 2018 The larger island, called Pulau Subar Laut (Big Sister’s Island), has a jetty which serves as the gateway for visitors, while the smaller Pulau Subar Darat (Small Sister’s Island) is dedicated to marine conservation research. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Singapore," 5 Mar. 2018 Today, however, so many marinas, jetties and breakwaters have been built along the Atlantic coast that the flow of incoming sand has been blocked. Vince Beiser, WSJ, "The Battle for Our Beaches," 19 July 2018 As the Duke and Duchess walked along the jetty together, Meghan could be seen cradling her baby bump, while Harry clasped her other hand tightly. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Cradling Her Baby Bump on Fraser Island Is the Sweetest Thing You'll See All Day," 22 Oct. 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 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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