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.

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Record rainfall had raised its surface 35 feet, flooding cabins and marinas into a muddy inland sea. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Texas Lake Developed a Boat-Swallowing Whirlpool," 3 Sep. 2018 The City of Havre de Grace's $16.03 million general fund budget for fiscal 2019, along with its $14.2 million water and sewer and $1.1 million marina enterprise fund budgets, were adopted by the City Council Monday evening. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace council adopts fiscal 2019 budget with utility rate increases, no property tax rate increase," 19 June 2018 Boaters and fishermen returned to marinas after having fled inland a day before. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence upgraded to Category 4 storm as Gordon moves inland," 6 Sep. 2018 Model Alton Mason seems to also be taking the bold month in stride, matching his green cross-body bag with his multicolored mesh marina. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Tracee Ellis Ross Is Feeling Herself, Yara Shahidi Shouts Out Dapper Dan," 28 July 2018 Claire, which was in flames at a marina in Detroit, on Friday. Washington Post, "Wisconsin high court backs fired professor; Manafort’s attorneys want trial moved," 7 July 2018 Residents and business owners fear the thick, toxic slime could strand their boats in marinas during peak tourism months. Jennifer Kay,, "Blue-green algae, red tide soil beaches, threaten Florida tourism," 10 July 2018 Back in Grossraeschen, tourism chief Winkler shows off the new marina awaiting its first sailboats. Fox News, "How Germany is turning wasteland into vast lakeside resorts," 14 June 2018 Often the boats turn south from the marina where there aren’t many homes, which creates just a murmur of noise for homeowners, but sometimes the tour boats come north and bring the thunderous noise past the neighborhood in search of alligator nests. Ryan Gillespie,, "Despite new law, homeowners on Lake Toho still complain about airboat noise," 13 July 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


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Kids Definition of marina

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

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