lagoon

noun
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

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And dozens of such households set up shop by the shores of the Payne’s Creek lagoon. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Small Mayan saltworks could have supplied thousands, preserved food," 9 Oct. 2018 Zuvele, on the shore of the lagoon in Juodkrantė, is one of the best places to sample zuvis, or smoked fish, facebook.com/zuvele. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "An Unmissable Summer Holiday in the Baltics," 22 Aug. 2018 In North Carolina, there are more than 3,300 of these lagoons associated with hog farms. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florence dropped so much rain that hog waste is spilling out of lagoons," 18 Sep. 2018 Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store manure in huge lagoons. Jonathan Drew, Fox News, "'Don't play games with it': Florence takes aim at Carolinas," 12 Sep. 2018 Florence’s projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "“Monster” Hurricane Florence nears Carolina coast," 11 Sep. 2018 But a thousand years ago, the community now submerged beneath the lagoon’s placid surface may have supplied salt and dried fish to a network of Maya cities. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Small Mayan saltworks could have supplied thousands, preserved food," 9 Oct. 2018 The first gallery is a shimmering collection of Canaletto’s views of the lagoon and the city. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 There, the duo snorkeled above vibrant coral reefs, hiked through the rainforest, and kayaked to nearby lagoons and islands—all the while making sure to squeeze in daily massages. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Inside Eliana Gil Rodriguez’s Escape to a “Pristine Paradise” in the Philippines," 17 Jan. 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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Lagomorpha

Lagomyidae

lagon

lagoon

lagoonside

lagopous

Lagopus

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lagoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lagoon

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

lagoon

noun
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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