peninsula

noun
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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Other Words from peninsula

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

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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That armistice has yet to be replaced with a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in a technical state of war. Washington Post, "10 historic moments in relations between US, North Korea," 11 June 2018 That armistice has yet to be replaced with a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in a technical state of war. Time, "From Spy Games to Summits, Here Are 10 Historic Moments in U.S.-North Korean Relations," 11 June 2018 That armistice has yet to be replaced with a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in a technical state of war. Fox News, "10 historic moments in relations between US, North Korea," 11 June 2018 The Koreas can’t officially end the war themselves because South Korea wasn’t a direct signatory to the armistice that stopped the fighting but left the peninsula technically in a state of war. Kim Tong-hyung, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s foreign minister in N. Korea seeks role for Beijing," 2 May 2018 That has left the peninsula in a technical state of war for decades. CBS News, "Mattis reaffirms "ironclad U.S. commitment" to defending South Korea," 28 Apr. 2018 That has left the peninsula in a technical state of war for decades. Matthew Pennington, chicagotribune.com, "Trump, Mattis reaffirm 'ironclad commitment' to defend South Korea," 28 Apr. 2018 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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida man breaks into former residence, threatens to kill occupants, steals pulled pork sandwich: report," 21 June 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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peninsula

noun

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

peninsula

noun
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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