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

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 Thanks to social media, aerial views of Soneva Jani's winding jetty and private water slides have become synonymous with the Maldives. Katie Lockhart, CNN, 11 July 2022 SeaWorld’s first Guadalupe fur seal rescue of the year happened Jan. 2 on a jetty at Tamarack in Carlsbad. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 July 2022 Set away from the main hotel, the villa is a 10-minute boat ride from Maçakizi’s jetty and ideally positioned on the hillside overlooking Paradise Bay. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Firefighters and members of the New London Police Department assisted the man out of the water and on to a rock jetty, officials said. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 14 May 2022 The property was recently renovated; the pier, once a narrow jetty, is now wide enough to host either a rum tasting or a tennis tournament. Paul Winner, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2022 The bride walked down the entire jetty leading out to where the guests were sitting for the ceremony, officiated by Matt’s father, Bill. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 31 Mar. 2022 Another highlight of this exceptional property is the 130-foot jetty that stretches into the ocean and serves as a departure point for boat and yacht tours. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 16 Mar. 2022 The island’s Crystal Pier is the hot spot for up-and-coming local rippers and visitors alike, and the rock jetty at Masonboro Inlet can offer long right-handers for experienced surfers. Outside Online, 2 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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