often attributive
: a tract of soft wet land usually characterized by monocotyledons (such as grasses or cattails)

Examples of marsh in a Sentence

a wide expanse of marsh the marshes along the coast support a remarkable profusion of plants and animals
Recent Examples on the Web Nearby, explore Anastasia State Park, a 1600-acre property brimming with wildlife, stunning beaches, maritime hammocks, and tidal marshes. Lisa A. Beach, Southern Living, 4 July 2024 The marsh there feels endless, the live oaks along the shoreline ancient. Michael Adno, Scientific American, 25 June 2024 On the side of the park opposite the Atlantic Ocean, explore the estuarine tidal marsh where dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, fish, crabs and marsh birds have been spotted. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 21 June 2024 The 19-year-old man, identified as Willie Redd, and one juvenile were found hiding under the water of a marsh after evading officers on the highway and in Westport early Tuesday, according to the Westport Police Department. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for marsh 

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Word History


Middle English mersh, from Old English merisc, mersc; akin to Middle Dutch mersch marsh, Old English mere sea, pool — more at marine

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marsh was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Marsh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marsh. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an area of soft wet land usually overgrown by grasses and sedges

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Dame (Edith) Ngaio ˈnī-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce Marsh (audio) 1899–1982 New Zealand writer

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