pen·​in·​su·​la | \ pə-ˈnin(t)-s(ə-)lə How to pronounce peninsula (audio) , -shə-lə How to pronounce peninsula (audio) \

Definition of peninsula

: a portion of land nearly surrounded by water and connected with a larger body by an isthmus also : a piece of land jutting out into the water whether with or without a well-defined isthmus the Italian peninsula

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Other Words from peninsula

peninsular \ pə-​ˈnin(t)-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce peninsular (audio) , -​shə-​lər \ adjective

Examples of peninsula in a Sentence

They built their house on a narrow peninsula. the peninsula is constantly buffeted by storms

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For different ecology, head south to the Western Ghats, a redoubtable mountain range hugging the southwest coast of the peninsula. Payal Dhar, Washington Post, "Keep your cool in India by visiting one of the country’s hill stations," 5 July 2019 Using both chemistry experiments and computer simulations, Brugger’s team is trying to figure out if this model of thallium enrichment is consistent with the geology of the rest of the peninsula. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals," 1 July 2019 During their first summit in Singapore last year, Kim pledged to work toward complete denuclearization of the peninsula. Washington Post, "Seoul: US ready for talks with N Korea on denuclearization," 28 June 2019 The carnival takes place Wednesday through Sunday on the Hull Redevelopment Authority property near Nantasket Beach, and the fireworks go off after dusk on Saturday from a barge on the ocean side of the peninsula. Globe Staff,, "In Everett, Encore casino ready to show off," 16 June 2019 German reinforcements also were rushing up the west coast of the peninsula toward Cherbourg to halt the American drive toward the opposite shore from the Carentan and Montebourg areas. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. TROOPS CAPTURE MONTEBOURG," 9 June 2019 First erected in 1890 to commemorate the centenary of Catherine’s capture of the peninsula, it was torn down after the Russian revolution. The Economist, "Crimea is still in limbo five years after Russia seized it," 8 June 2019 Over the past few years, while western India has seen a trend of pre-monsoon dryness, the southern part of the peninsula usually receives normal—sometimes even excessive—downpour. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Mapped: How parched is India?," 3 June 2019 What impact will this decline ultimately have on leopard seals living near the western tip of the peninsula? Craig Welch, National Geographic, "A top Antarctic predator has switched what it eats," 2 May 2019

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First Known Use of peninsula

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peninsula

Latin paeninsula, from paene almost + insula island

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The first known use of peninsula was circa 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of peninsula

: a piece of land that is almost entirely surrounded by water and is attached to a larger land area


pen·​in·​su·​la | \ pə-ˈnin-sə-lə How to pronounce peninsula (audio) \

Kids Definition of peninsula

: a piece of land extending out into a body of water

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