ma·​ri·​na | \ mə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce marina (audio) \

Definition of marina

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: a dock or basin providing secure moorings for pleasure boats and often offering supply, repair, and other facilities


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Ma·​ri·​na | \ mə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce Marina (audio) \

Definition of Marina (Entry 2 of 2)

city on Monterey Bay in western California population 19,718

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Marina comes straight from Latin, where it means simply "of the sea". At a modern marina, sailors can acquire whatever they need for their next excursion, or they can tie up their boats until the next weekend comes along. Some even imitate John D. MacDonald's famous detective hero Travis McGee, who lives on his boat in Miami and rarely leaves the marina.

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Yerba Buena Island, the rocky outcropping that rises from the bay next to Treasure Island, is home to a Coast Guard station, a marina, 145 species of plants and 21 types of birds. J.k. Dineen,, "Development on SF’s Yerba Buena Island an early step in Treasure Island project," 12 June 2019 The club shut down during World War I. In 1917, the Lazaretto was established as a seaplane base and marina, first by a private owner, and then by the U.S. Army. Inga Saffron,, "This building on the Delaware River saved immigrant lives for 95 years. Now it’s been rescued by Tinicum Twp. | Inga Saffron," 4 June 2019 Buyer Huizenga, 56, bought the Rybovich boat yard and marina down the street from the property 14 years ago and has seen the neighborhood change for the better. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Rosie O’Donnell sells waterfront Palm Beach home to Huizenga Jr. | Miami Herald," 11 Jan. 2018 Trying to staff a fudge shop or marina restaurant with a work force that vanished when classes started in August was a headache. Kim Severson, New York Times, "That Summer Food-Stand Job Is No Longer Just for Teenagers," 22 May 2018 Look for the new Texas Pit location opening soon at 6680 Peden Road, an oft-changing lake marina location that has been a Red's, Poppy's and Sunset Grill. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Fixe's biscuits, B&B's Benedicts make their Sunday brunch debut in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 Mar. 2018 It was moored at the end of a long dock in a busy marina with views of rocks bristling with cormorants, seagulls screeching overhead, and a bevy of ducks that arrived each morning for their share of the toast. Tara Conklin, Vogue, "After Divorce, Floating Another Chance at Love," 6 Feb. 2019 Court records put the value of the crane company, real estate holdings, a Florida marina and other assets at approximately $100 million. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giuffre brothers engaged in bitter court fight over future of their business empire," 11 June 2018 The city previously had approved two 11-story condos for the Pier Sixty-Six property, and a hotel-marina at the Sails. Brittany Wallman,, "Developer envisions redevelopment at Pier 66," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of marina


1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marina


Italian & Spanish, seashore, from feminine of marino, adjective, marine, from Latin marinus

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English Language Learners Definition of marina

: an area of water where privately owned boats (such as yachts) are kept


ma·​ri·​na | \ mə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce marina (audio) \

Kids Definition of marina

: a dock or basin providing a place to anchor motorboats and yachts

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