la·​goon | \ lə-ˈgün \

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 \ adjective

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The greenery surrounding the lagoon in Aitoliko is buried in thick, sticky cobwebs. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Giant spider web stretches 1,000 feet across lagoon: They're having 'a party'," 19 Sep. 2018 The first star of Marine World was Judy the water-skiing elephant, a pachyderm that trainers placed on pontoon-like skis and dragged into the park’s lagoon. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marine World/Africa U.S.A. is gone, but the legend grows," 9 Mar. 2018 The eight suites are enormous, with sitting rooms and soaking tubs overlooking a lagoon. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 Arellano, the Lime spokesman, told Ars by email that the company had pulled 56 scooters to date from Lake Merritt, a small lagoon in downtown Oakland. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Lawyer suing e-scooter companies calls user agreements “draconian”," 23 Oct. 2018 Visitors coming from the United States are much more likely to be on the hunt for a polished-to-perfection pink ’56 Chevy cruising the streets of Havana than a flock of flamingos in an isolated lagoon. New York Times, "Want to See the Wild Side of Cuba? Try a Kayak," 16 May 2018 Offshore reefs and barrier islands would frame a lagoon and protect it as well as the island from the lake’s pounding. Blair Kamin,, "Northerly Island walkway still mangled and off-limits: Here's the story behind this engineering flop," 27 Apr. 2018 That home included a rooftop skate park and a shark lagoon. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Lil Wayne Buys Florida Island Home for Almost $17 Million," 29 Nov. 2018 Have the boat take you to the festival on the Lido, drop you off at your restaurant for dinner, explore the outer lagoon, or quite simply hire a taxi to drive you up the Grand Canal. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Navigating Venice During the Film Festival," 28 Aug. 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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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 \

Kids Definition of lagoon

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

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