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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lagoonal \lə-ˈgü-nᵊl \ adjective

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Their bones were preserved in the rivers, deltas, and lagoons of the island. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "Why Today is the Golden Age for Dinosaur Discoveries," 2 June 2018 Arranged around a lagoon and depicting each island’s architecture and customs, the villages are a bit like the World Showcase at Disney World’s Epcot — minus the flashy rides. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Polynesian Cultural Center: Explore the history of Hawaii and five more islands," 12 Apr. 2018 Many of the park's campsites are located on the rivers or lagoons. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 places to camp along water in Wisconsin," 12 Apr. 2018 The beach is on your immediate right; a golf course, a strip habitat interface and lagoon are on your left. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to Mori Point," 28 Jan. 2018 Additional imagery will span massive water screens in the foreground on the lagoon. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Universal Orlando celebrates movies in new nighttime show," 22 June 2018 Eighteen days later, Adams' body was found in the Dineen Park lagoon. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Prompted by Wisconsin tragedy, Green Alerts for missing, at-risk veterans could go national," 23 May 2018 Bodies floated in the lagoon — many of them children — and its water turned red. Longreads, "A Chance to Rewrite History: The Women Fighters of the Tamil Tigers," 22 May 2018 Giant Nile crocodiles, aggressive bull sharks and enormous barracudas are all frequently spotted in the lagoon. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "A Next-Level Safari Vacation: The Africa Few Adventurers See," 9 May 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


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Kids Definition of lagoon

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

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