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

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”
Recent Examples on the Web The hunters on this quest, spanning Saturday and Sunday, are armed with technology that has never been used to scour Scotland's second-largest loch for the monster beneath. Jennifer Hassanand Adela Suliman The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2023 Scotland boasts thousands of freshwater lochs, many of which welcome wild swimming. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 5 Sep. 2023 Some worry Nessie will be pulled from the loch and killed, eventually ending up on display inside a museum for people to gape at. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2023 The loch is about 23 miles long and less than 2 miles wide. George Petras, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 The creature grew in fame in 1934 when a photo showed a beast with a long neck poking its head above the loch's waters. Emma Colton, Fox News, 3 Sep. 2023 Nixon said the hunt will showcase how the loch has a certain magic that forces people to ponder what lurks beneath. Jennifer Hassanand Adela Suliman The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2023 Although the iconic silhouette was later proved a hoax, folklore surrounding a large aquatic creature lurking within the loch remains strong. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 24 Aug. 2023 For a fee, tourists can also take trips on the loch during the search. George Petras, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of loch was in the 15th century

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“Loch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loch. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


Scottish : lake
Scottish : an arm of the sea especially when it is nearly surrounded by land

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