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.

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Rancho Seco Rec Area Rancho Seco is a 160-acre lake surrounded by a park-like setting with a campground, small marina with a variety of boat rentals, located east of Galt, 25 miles from Sacramento. Tom Stienstra,, "5 spots to beat the heat in Sacramento," 21 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the Portage Port Authority, a local marina development, and various individuals are teaming up to sue ArcelorMittal, The Times of Northwest Indiana reports. Time, "Indiana Cyanide Leak Kills 3,000 Fish and Shut Down Beaches at America's Newest National Park," 20 Aug. 2019 Schmidt, in particular, wanted to see a boat marina in the plan. Steven Litt,, "Should Burke Lakefront Airport close? Coalition keeps important question alive – Steven Litt," 11 Aug. 2019 Bayside, after briefly battling to turn public opinion to its side, sold the land and marina back to the city. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Surf’s up: Wave pool, Crystal Lagoon among plans unveiled at town hall for new $1B Rowlett development," 9 Aug. 2019 While there, be sure to grab a bite at the Island Grill Restaurant or load up on snacks and gear at the marina office and store. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "9 spots that are perfect for your next Colorado lake day," 1 Aug. 2019 Though his face is never seen, the trailer shows a man walking the marina’s deck. Dave Quinn,, "Below Deck Mediterranean Midseason Trailer Teases Hookups, a Firing and One Familiar Face," 29 July 2019 For high-end seaside dining in a luxury resort atmosphere, drive along the Gulf of Trieste to Portopiccolo Sistiana, on a marina in the Duino cliffs. Wendy Ramunno, USA TODAY, "Tasting tour of Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Coffee, wine, prosciutto, cheese & more," 24 July 2019 It would be built alongside the Aquamarina Hidden Harbour, a marina storage site for dry-stack boat slips, which opened in 2009. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Apartments alongside Pompano marina to be built at Harbourside at Hidden Harbour," 22 July 2019

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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


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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