\ˈläk, ˈläḵ \

Definition of loch 

1 Scotland : lake

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

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Synonyms for loch


arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), gulf, inlet

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Examples of loch in a Sentence

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”

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New species of bacteria may hide in the deep, dark loch. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "DNA Survey of Life in Loch Ness Will Hunt for Its Monster Resident," 29 May 2018 The new species discovered may just be bacteria, or details about invasive species in the loch. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Can DNA Sampling Finally Unveil the Loch Ness Monster?," 26 May 2018 The origin of curling traces back to 16th century Scotland, where the sport was played on frozen ponds and lochs. Sean Gregory, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics," 12 Jan. 2018 Check out the crown jewels at hilltop Edinburgh Castle before cruising up to Perthshire for a stay at loch-side Monachyle MHOR Hotel. Cnt, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 14 Best Family Summer Vacations to Take in 2017," 10 Mar. 2017 And luckily this fisherman saw him and came to pick him up and took him to the other side of the loch and back to safety. National Geographic, "Searching for Buried Treasure in the Scottish Highlands," 15 Aug. 2016 Campbell also outlined another problem facing Operation Cleansweep: the sheer size of the loch. Louise Knapp, WIRED, "No Loch for Nessie Search?," 27 Feb. 2001

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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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English Language Learners Definition of loch

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

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