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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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 The lagoon, which wanders almost the entire length of the garden, is where the famed Swan Boats have been peddled for over a century; and the flowers are beyond vidid. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Boston," 2 Aug. 2018 The bright blue lagoon that surrounds Moorea is excellent for snorkeling, and some sites are known for friendly populations of rays and small sharks. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The lagoon was across the street from her vacation home in a private resort on Hilton Head Island. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Woman killed after alligator dragged her into Hilton Head lagoon was trying to protect dog: investigators," 20 Aug. 2018 The two-acre lagoon will be the social center of the 750-acre, 1,700-home Balmoral community. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Developer begins filling first-of-its-kind in Texas crystal lagoon in new subdivision near Summerwood," 15 June 2018 Located in Flúoir, the lagoon was only a half-hour drive from Gullfoss, a ginormous double waterfall that is a signature attraction in Iceland (and that is pictured on the cover of one of my dad’s Echo & the Bunnymen albums). Brielle Tuvim, Philly.com, "Personal Journey: Natural beauty and awe in Iceland," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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lagopous

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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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