pen·in·su·la | \pə-ˈnin(t)-s(ə-)lə, -shə-lə \

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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peninsular \pə-ˈnin(t)-s(ə-)lər, -shə-lər \ adjective

Synonyms for peninsula


arm, cape, headland, ness, point, promontory, spit

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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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The Imperial Japanese Army took it over during Japan’s colonization of the peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Washington Post, "US ends 70 years of military presence in S. Korean capital," 29 June 2018 The narrow, dead-end road, lined with a ramshackle collection of small block homes and apartments, juts into the wooded midsection of the peninsula near Dove Sound. Tiffini Theisen,, "Florida man breaks into former residence, threatens to kill occupants, steals pulled pork sandwich: report," 21 June 2018 South Korea wants a stable and peaceful relationship with its northern neighbor that offers opportunities for development of the peninsula. Christopher R. Hill And Thomas R. Pickering, star-telegram, "What would a successful Trump-Kim summit look like?," 11 June 2018 Take boat and land tours of the peninsula’s 11 lighthouses June 8-10, including some that aren’t normally open to the public like on Chambers Island. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Door County Lighthouse Festival, Up North Beerfest and more to do around Wisconsin," 3 June 2018 Also left out are the Italian chefs whose dishes from the southern end of the peninsula were about to be downgraded in favor of risotto, osso buco and other northern specialties. New York Times, "How American Chefs in the 1970s and ’80s Created a Revolution," 30 May 2018 Situated on a peninsula that juts out into the East River, the market is exposed to the water on three sides. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 Yet getting to the cemetery can prove difficult because the capital is set along a narrow peninsula and has tight, congested roads. The Economist, "Why hearses sport sirens and lights in Guinea," 31 May 2018 Luckily, some are even available as rentals, like this sleek, minimalist construction clad in black larch slats that’s located on a peninsula off the coast of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Minimalist charred-timber getaway is available to rent," 31 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of peninsula

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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