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

Other Words from peninsula

peninsular \ pə-​ˈnin(t)-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce peninsula (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
Recent Examples on the Web Alex crossed over the Florida peninsula as Potential Tropical Cyclone One and then got its name in the western Atlantic near the Bahamas on June 5. Leigh Morgan, al, 4 Aug. 2022 Santa Teresa buzzed with the news that an American fugitive had been hiding out amid the palm trees of the peninsula. Globe Staff,, 12 July 2022 Such is the popularity of the peninsula among vacationers that local authorities brought in new rules to cut tourist traffic along the coast, which has become a road trip destination. Jack Guy, CNN, 11 July 2022 Under his watch, Japan’s relations with South Korea fell to one of their lowest points since Japan’s colonial occupation of the peninsula, with the two countries arguing over how Japan should atone for its history. New York Times, 8 July 2022 The Cape Cod Museum of Art has rotating exhibits that pay homage to, for example, the Wampanoag tribe, the original inhabitants of the peninsula, alongside contemporary art and sculpture. Lea Lane, Forbes, 6 July 2022 But there are also multiple budget-friendly ferries that go between villages on both sides of the peninsula, and truly, the best way to see Lake Como is from out on the water itself. Rachel King, Fortune, 2 July 2022 In 1950, Turkey dispatched its troops to support U.S. and United Nations forces repelling North Korea’s attempted invasion of the southern part of the peninsula, an action that won enduring praise from the West. Tracy Wilkinsonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 Locals have long become accustomed to periodic loud quarry blasts coming from the interior of the peninsula, as well as the elevated conveyor that transports aggregate rock across Main Street to awaiting ships docked on the lake. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 26 May 2022 See More

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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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“Peninsula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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