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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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 This peninsula has always been a popular vacation and retirement destination for New Englanders. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "In These Housing Markets, Inventory Nearly Vanished During Covid," 13 May 2021 The peninsula is two land masses: drumlins (low hills formed by glacial retreat) that are joined by a narrow causeway called The Bar. New York Times, "Escape From the City: 9 Winter Outings That Fight Cabin Fever," 18 Dec. 2020 The Florida peninsula is in line to get the worst weather from Eta, but what about Alabama? Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Eta: What should Alabama expect?," 11 Nov. 2020 Trot, which emerged in the early 20th century when the Korean peninsula was a Japanese colony, blends traditional Korean music with elements of the Japanese and Western popular songs of the era. The Economist, "Hot for trot What’s bigger than K-pop?," 5 Nov. 2020 For decades, the peninsula was one of the fastest-warming parts of the globe. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Antarctic Commission Rejects Proposed Marine Sanctuaries," 5 Nov. 2020 For decades, the peninsula was one of the fastest-warming parts of the globe. Chelsea Harvey, Science | AAAS, "Once again, new Antarctic reserves fail to win backing," 2 Nov. 2020 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

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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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15 May 2021

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“Peninsula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 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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