ma·ri·na | \mə-ˈrē-nə \

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 \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Four years ago, Elm Street Development broke ground on a 535-unit detached housing project south of Baltimore along one of the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay including 8 miles of trails and a 40-slip marina. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Developers Go With the Flow as New Water Rules Kick In," 10 July 2018 Also, municipal marinas are exempt from the new ordinance. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "South Haven bans smoking at public beaches, parks," 3 July 2018 The cove is not a marina and there are no pumping facilities. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Renegade sailor gets probation, order to stay away from Aquatic Park Cove for five years," 10 May 2018 The space has 75 seats inside, 20 seats with a harbor view and an additional 45 seats on an elevated dining deck overlooking a marina. John-john Williams Iv,, "Button cafe and bar to open on Canton waterfront," 28 June 2018 Cabins and campsites are located in pines within walking range of bike rentals and the bike trail, a marina with boating, and a cafe. Tom Stienstra,, "Outdoor family vacations can bind or break," 24 June 2018 The Fort Lauderdale City Commission will consider a proposal that will redevelop the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and a neighboring marina. Meryl Kornfield,, "Pier 66 proposal back before Fort Lauderdale commission," 19 June 2018 Ships will have a three-position marina platform for launching kayaks, paddle boards, and waterskis; scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing will also be available. Veronica Stoddart, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Expedition Ships: Small but Mighty Appealing," 14 June 2018 The situation facing Louisiana boaters/anglers has been particularly nettlesome for some of the Louisiana fishing guides who operate in those areas and businesses such as marinas that cater to anglers. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Louisiana wrestles with fishing-access issues," 1 Apr. 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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The first known use of marina was in 1924

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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 \

Kids Definition of marina

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

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