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

Definition of marina

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

Examples of marina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lodge, marina and some other areas have reopened at the park, which is located along park the Tennessee River. USA TODAY, "Puppy wins lotto, alligators, mountain lions, Dunkin Donuts wedding: News from around our 50 states," 30 Dec. 2019 Some boats are available at the marinas, while others are for pickup. William Thornton |,, "GetMyBoat offers ridesharing for the waves," 28 June 2019 Watch: Storm damage at marina in Kentucky Lake caused by tornado, 100 mph winds The general public is not likely to be affected. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Air Quality Alert is in effect Thursday for Louisville and Southern Indiana," 27 June 2019 The boat will remain on Olson’s trailer at the marina for the next few days. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Mike Olson’s Thanksgiving wish: Smooth sailing from here on out," 27 Nov. 2019 Flippers has operated at the marina for 12 years and plans are in the works for a new location in Gulf Shores. Kathy Jumper, al, "Fast-food restaurant sites sell for big bucks," 29 Sep. 2019 Fešta Visiting Zut Reserve a spot at the marina by contacting Restaurant Festa directly. Fortune, "This High-End Restaurant and Glamping Ground in Croatia’s Archipelago Is Accessible Only by Boat," 22 Sep. 2019 Miraculously, his condo was virtually untouched by the storm, which piled sailboats onto the lawn and flipped others over at the marina. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "'Paradise has been turned to hell': Residents, aid workers in Bahamas deal with Dorian devastation," 8 Sep. 2019 Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m.; the event runs until noon at the marina at Independence Grove, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville. Web Behrens,, "15 things to do with the kids Sept. 2-8," 1 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of marina was in 1924

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Marina.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of marina

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


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Kids Definition of marina

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

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