la·​goon | \ lə-ˈgün How to pronounce lagoon (audio) \

Definition of lagoon

1 : a shallow sound, channel, or pond near or communicating with a larger body of water
2 : a shallow artificial pool or pond (as for the processing of sewage or storage of a liquid)

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Other Words from lagoon

lagoonal \ lə-​ˈgü-​nᵊl How to pronounce lagoonal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lagoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In September 2018, a 737-800 was also involved in a fatal accident in the Federated States of Micronesia, when an Air Niugini flight overshot the runway and wound up in a nearby lagoon, killing one passenger. Phil Boucher, Fortune, "‘A Money-Spinner:’ 737 Plane Model in Deadly Iran Crash Was a Bright Spot for Boeing," 8 Jan. 2020 Officials said the man and his daughter were playing in a lagoon at Carmel River State Beach on Tuesday afternoon when the girl’s inflatable raft drifted toward the Carmel River, which leads into the ocean, according to the Los Angeles Times. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Dad Dies on Christmas Eve While Attempting to Save Daughter Who Was Swept Out to Sea on Raft," 26 Dec. 2019 But Clauss and McKenna have other reasons for believing Earhart did not land in the lagoon. Rachel Hartigan Shea, National Geographic, "Amelia Earhart search crew shares personal theories on her disappearance," 23 Aug. 2019 Then a second gator was handed over after a man claimed to have caught it in the same lagoon, though police didn’t buy his story. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Lightfoot rips Ivanka Trump on Chicago violence, South Bend at center of abortion debate and other things to know to start your day," 7 Aug. 2019 That option would mainly require deepening an existing canal in the lagoon. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Venice Cruise-Ship Crash Spurs Drive to Ban Big Vessels," 19 June 2019 The morning outing, which will start with cookies and hot cocoa, is a 3-mile birding and nature hike that winds along the Verde River and the lagoons starting at the West Lagoon parking lot. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "New Year's hikes around Arizona: Here are 5 fun ways to welcome 2020," 30 Dec. 2019 Was the lagoon’s otherworldly beauty, its utter Instagrammability, going to be its downfall? Lauren Sloss, New York Times, "Is This the Next Tulum?," 24 Dec. 2019 The team used sonar to sweep the 180-foot-deep lagoon used as a test site, creating a map of the craters left behind by the detonations as well as the dozens of shipwrecks and other debris that litter the seafloor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oceanographers Map Legacy of Nuclear Tests at Bikini Atoll," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lagoon

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lagoon

French & Italian; French lagune, from Italian laguna, from Latin lacuna pit, pool, from lacus lake

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The first known use of lagoon was in 1673

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lagoon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lagoon

: an area of sea water that is separated from the ocean by a reef or sandbar


la·​goon | \ lə-ˈgün How to pronounce lagoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of lagoon

: a shallow channel or pond near or connected to a larger body of water

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