peninsula

noun pen·in·su·la \ pə-ˈnin(t)-s(ə-)lə , -shə-lə \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

peninsular

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

Examples of peninsula in a Sentence

  1. They built their house on a narrow peninsula.

  2. the peninsula is constantly buffeted by storms

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Origin and Etymology of peninsula

Latin paeninsula, from paene almost + insula island

peninsula Synonyms

Synonyms
arm, foreland, headland, ness, 2cape, point, promontory, spit
Related Words
breakwater, jetty

PENINSULA Defined for English Language Learners

peninsula

noun

Definition of peninsula for English Language Learners

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


PENINSULA Defined for Kids

peninsula

noun pen·in·su·la \ pə-ˈnin-sə-lə \

Definition of peninsula for Students

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


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