ma·​ri·​na mə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce marina (audio)
: 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 Salmon was transported on a pontoon boat through darkness back to the marina and taken to the emergency room at Page (Ariz.) Hospital, where X-rays showed a compression fracture of the distal radius, a common injury for people bracing themselves from a fall. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Its properties include Humphreys Half Moon Inn, where the 1,450-capacity Humphreys concert venue is nestled alongside the hotel’s marina. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 Stafford, who works as a contractor for boats, used chunks of squid as bait and caught more than 20 fish, put them on ice and headed back to the marina. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 Nissan Gampel owns a small grocery store near the city’s normally bustling marina. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 13 Oct. 2023 At its core, the project will have a luxury hotel, a tourist resort, a marina, a performing arts center, a medical center, and sustainable housing—all within 35 miles of Freetown. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Sep. 2023 The penthouse’s wrap-around terrace overlooked the marina of Albany Bahamas, a private luxury condominium complex partially owned by Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake. Tracy Wang, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2023 The large floating marina is located on the south end of the lake near the Lake Lanier Islands. David Aaro, ajc, 3 Sep. 2023 The all-stock deal will merge the portfolios of both companies, creating a behemoth with 27 theme parks, 15 water parks, 9 hotels and resorts as well as safaris, marinas and other properties across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian & Spanish, seashore, from feminine of marino, adjective, marine, from Latin marinus

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marina was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Marina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ma·​ri·​na mə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce marina (audio)
: a dock or basin providing a place to anchor motorboats and yachts

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ma·​ri·​na mə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce Marina (audio)
city on Monterey Bay in western California population 19,718

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