\ ˈläk How to pronounce loch (audio) , ˈläḵ How to pronounce loch (audio) \

Definition of loch

1 Scotland : lake
2 Scotland : a bay or arm of the sea especially when nearly landlocked

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in his biography of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell tells of being conducted by a Scottish boatman “across one of the lochs, as they call them, or arms of the sea”
Recent Examples on the Web But the loch itself is also a beautiful part of Scotland’s stunning landscape. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "See Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, and More on This Virtual Trip Around the United Kingdom," 11 Apr. 2020 Kelpie, a flame-haired Scot, is modeled on mythical sirens who would lure the unsuspecting to a watery death in a Scottish loch. James Hookway, WSJ, "Marvel’s Next Superhero Idea Focuses on…Brexit," 4 Mar. 2020 It’s as cold as the waters of that loch, and nowhere near as lucid. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Rhythm Section’ Review: Downbeat Beat Down," 30 Jan. 2020 More Film Reviews But why would a frigid swim in a Scottish loch make anyone a better assassin? Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Rhythm Section’ Review: Downbeat Beat Down," 30 Jan. 2020 The loch lies between a ridge and the distant sea on the eastern side of North Uist. Washington Post, "Exploring the rich grasslands, meadows and wildflowers of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 The loch lies between a ridge and the distant sea on the eastern side of North Uist. Adrian Higgins, chicagotribune.com, "Exploring the wild beauty of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 Tourists drive past peat bogs and deep blue lochs on their way to the distilleries. New York Times, "A Scotch Maker’s Challenge: First Brexit. Now Tariffs.," 17 Oct. 2019 In addition, the ideas that sturgeon or Greenland sharks lived in the loch were also put to rest after Gemmell said no DNA of either creature had been found among the 250 water samples taken from various depths. Fox News, "Loch Ness monster could be a giant eel, researcher claims," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of loch

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loch

Middle English (Scots) louch, from Scottish Gaelic loch; akin to Latin lacus lake — more at lake

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“Loch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loch. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loch

Scotland : a lake or a part of the sea that is almost surrounded by land

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