noun, often attributive
\ ˈmärsh How to pronounce marsh (audio) \

Definition of marsh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


biographical name
\ ˈmärsh How to pronounce Marsh (audio) \

Definition of Marsh (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for marsh

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of marsh in a Sentence

Noun a wide expanse of marsh the marshes along the coast support a remarkable profusion of plants and animals
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cleanup crews that had swarmed the 25-acre marsh over the past week had moved on, but a woman in a neon yellow vest and rain boots walked slowly along the water line. Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The enduring blackout has stalled the rebuilding process in communities like Pointe-Aux-Chenes, a small community of homes, many raised on stilts, across the marsh from Ms. Doucet’s clinic that is home to the Pointe-Au-Chien tribe. New York Times, 18 Sep. 2021 The space will evoke the magical marsh where Tiana and Naveen take refuge in the film. Tim Walters, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 Countless narrow, winding waterways — capillaries spider-webbing through the marsh from the arterial rivers — were carved into straight lines to better serve the transport hubs of San Francisco, Sacramento and Stockton. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 The property, tucked into a lush spot on the South Shore, has waterfront views of a nearby marsh and pond Among the amenities inside the rustic mansion are three fireplaces, a wet bar, and a billiards room., 14 Sep. 2021 Environmental requirements include dredging of an ocean inlet to the Bolsa Chica wetlands, restoration of Bolsa Chica cordgrass marsh and creation of artificial reef habitat for fish off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021 The skeletal remains of Gilbert were found in a marsh near Oak Beach in December 2011 – not far from where she was last seen running from the home of a client. Angela Bertorelli, Fox News, 25 Oct. 2021 Her dear friend's body wasn't found for a week, in a marsh near the Broad River about 5 miles away. Elijah Nouvelage For Cnn, CNN, 26 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of marsh


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marsh


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

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“Marsh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of marsh

: an area of soft, wet land that has many grasses and other plants


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Kids Definition of marsh

: an area of soft wet land with grasses and related plants

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