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 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 Portions of the peninsula have been above and below sea level at least four times. Chuck Lehmann,, "Will Florida be submerged due to climate change? | Opinion," 2 Apr. 2021 It is located on a tiny island on the upper west side of the peninsula. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Majestic spot in Antarctica named after pioneering UCSD polar explorer Helen Fricker," 4 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, the rate of vaccination on the peninsula is plateauing. Sabine Poux, Anchorage Daily News, "Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor feuds with school district over mask policy," 14 Apr. 2021 In a speech to the party congress in January, Kim Jong Un called on Washington to end the joint exercises and other alliance activities on the peninsula. Washington Post, "U.S., South Korea reach military cost-sharing agreement after deadlock under Trump," 7 Mar. 2021 On the southern tip of the Algarve’s Sagres peninsula, this three-sided fort protected the town from North African raiders. Ann Abel, Forbes, "Essential Portugal: 16 Must-See Spots When We Can Travel Again," 5 Mar. 2021 The kittens bring the peninsula’s overall lynx population to 855, marking a 900% increase since the first census in 2002. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Lynxes make a comeback, and more," 13 Nov. 2020 In the summers of their twenties, my parents built and ran one of Alaska’s first bear-viewing lodges on the peninsula’s Pacific coast. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "For this family, keeping Alaska wild and pristine is a decades-long mission," 25 Sep. 2020 The elk at Pierce Point have been kept behind an 8-foot fence since they were reintroduced to the peninsula’s northernmost tip in 1978. Nora Mishanec,, "Another scuffle over Point Reyes elk population — this time over their water supply," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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3 May 2021

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“Peninsula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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