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.

Examples of marina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ryan Finn, a New Orleans native who hopes to set the world record for a solo sail from New York City to San Francisco, left the safety of a Brooklyn marina about 3 p.m. Thursday. Matt Sledge,, "New Orleans sailor leaves New York on attempt for record-setting solo trip to San Francisco," 21 Jan. 2021 The shooting took place near Alviso Park, a playground and recreation area close to the San Jose marina. Nora Mishanec,, "Two injured in shooting near San Jose marina," 21 Dec. 2020 The twinkling flotilla begins at Twin Coves Marina and rounds the lake, stopping at each marina to pick up more boats. Dallas News, "Holiday parades, virtual and in-person, welcome Santa to North Texas," 19 Nov. 2020 In some areas, such as the coastal waters off Virginia, meadows of Zostera marina, or eelgrass, were so abundant that, as recently as 100 years ago, local residents used clumps of the stuff that had washed ashore to insulate their homes. Shane Gross; Text By Katherine Harmon Courage, Smithsonian Magazine, "Prairies of the Sea," 18 Nov. 2020 Each room looks out over a marina situated in a cove (think fishing boats, not yachts). Sunset Magazine, "Our 22 Favorite Coastal Inns, Hotels, and Resorts from Seattle to San Diego," 16 Sep. 2020 In Pass Christian, sailboats and stacks of lumber from a nearby marina also washed across with the surge. Bryn Stole | Staff Writer,, "Hurricane Zeta's rough side rocks Mississippi's Gulf Coast, leaves residents shaken," 29 Oct. 2020 Some vessels capsized in the marina at Seferihisar, Kavuklu said, adding there were concerns for fishing boats out at sea. Selcan Hacaoglu,, "Rescuers Seek Survivors as Aegean Earthquake Toll Rises," 30 Oct. 2020 There won’t be any boat parades for Pence, but not all roads to the White House go through a marina. Washington Post, "So, while we’re waiting . . . will Mike Pence ever be president?," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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5 Feb 2021

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“Marina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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