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

Definition of marina

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

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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 Road America doesn’t have the resources of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who reportedly spent $40 million to build a temporary circuit and stands — and even a fake marina — on the Hard Rock Stadium campus. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 In an interview David Filler, head of acquisitions and development for Suntex, said the company could have designed the marina for smaller boats. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 7 May 2022 All properties will overlook Lake Austin and offer stunning views, along with high-end amenities such as access to a private marina, tennis courts, and an 82-foot-long indoor pool. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 17 Mar. 2022 Legislators added $40 million to preserve the Great Salt Lake and $60 million for renovating the marina at Bear Lake State Park. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 New Zealand media published photos of boats damaged by wave surges in a marina in the far north of the country. Stephen Wright, WSJ, 16 Jan. 2022 Be sure to visit the Spa Terrace, an expansive outdoor space overlooking the marina of Sarasota Bay. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Lacco Ameno, with its pretty marina, and Forio, with its picturesque old town, are perhaps two of the most charming towns. Maria Pasquale, CNN, 7 Mar. 2022 Five boats left from Miami’s Bayside marina just before 8 a.m. Wilfredo Lee And Gisela Salomon,, 23 July 2021 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Marina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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

Marina geographical name

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

Definition of Marina

city on Monterey Bay in western California population 19,718

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