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

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As a result, Agua Hedionda is the only San Diego County lagoon that allows boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, personal watercraft and other recreational activities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man pushes preservation of 400-foot-tall coastal smokestack," 8 Sep. 2019 The lagoon is one of three that comprise a grey whale nursery and sanctuary—a key winter breeding ground for this surviving breeding population of grey whales, the eastern North Pacific ones. Johnny Simon, Quartz, "A year’s worth of surprising and poignant nature photos," 8 Sep. 2019 Venice and its lagoon are on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites and protests groups have long called for cruise ships to be banned there. NBC News, "Climate change activists storm red carpet at Venice Film Festival: 'Our home is on fire'," 7 Sep. 2019 PellestrinaAnother Lido-adjacent island that separates the lagoon from the Adriatic, the beaches here are a little more serene. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Locals' Guide to Venice," 4 Sep. 2019 Several of the beaches, including an area called Santo André, have natural lagoons, making its calm, shallow waters safe for young children. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "A Portugal of Pristine Beaches, Tiny Villages and Little Else," 31 Aug. 2019 Fish from a kayak or from one of the sandy beaches that line the lagoon. Frank Sargeant, al, "Get outdoors notes from around Alabama," 27 Aug. 2019 People began dropping in to see the gators, so the Youngs opened their large fenced lagoon to visitors as the Colorado Gators Reptile Park. Tom Noel, The Know, "9 odd places that you should include on a Colorado road trip, from a giant hot dog to fake cliff dwellings," 25 Aug. 2019 The lagoon is about 18 feet deep at the center, and divers faced poor visibility underwater because of the heavy presence of seaweed, Velez said. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Officials: Body of man who drowned trying to rescue dog from Lincoln Park Lagoon recovered," 25 Aug. 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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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 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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