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)

Other Words from lagoon

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

Examples of lagoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best part: many of the new Water Reserves have slides straight into the azure lagoon that children and adults will adore. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 The delicate chicken broth, fortified with onions and a Parmesan rind, is an ideal lagoon for the cheesy eggs, which should be incorporated into the hot pot in a thin stream so as not to scramble them. New York Times, 6 May 2022 With glossy teal tiles and neutral finishings, this bathroom pays tribute to the lagoon near the property. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 3 May 2022 The lagoon is home to a special kind of bioluminescent algae that glows at night. Jamie Ditaranto, Travel + Leisure, 30 Dec. 2021 Researchers in Italy have found the remains of a Roman road and dock at the bottom of a Venetian lagoon. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 July 2021 Residents of islands in Italy's Venetian lagoon have been receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations on a vaporetto, Venice’s public waterbus. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Researchers explained how an ichthyosaurs fossil was discovered at an altitude of 9,186 feet, noting that 200 million years ago the rock layers were part of a lagoon. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 However, the American Rivers group said the more than 21 million tons of coal ash waste stored in a 597-acre lagoon at Alabama Power’s James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant make the Mobile River the third most endangered in the country. Dennis Pillion |, al, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Lagoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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