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 peninsular (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

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The two leaders were set to meet on June 12 to discuss a possible path to denuclearization for North Korea and perhaps even a peace treaty for the Korean peninsula. Sean Illing, Vox, "Trump just canceled the North Korea summit. 9 experts explain what happens now.," 24 May 2018 Eric Talmadge, the Pyongyang bureau chief for The Associated Press said that a long-elusive peace treaty for the Korean peninsula is a complicated undertaking that requires an agreement between more parties than just the Koreas. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "After Kim meeting, White House makes full-court press for Pompeo confirmation," 18 Apr. 2018 Around the time that Cha's nomination collapsed came the abrupt resignation of the special envoy for the Korean peninsula, Joseph Yun, who was in charge of dealings with the North Korean government in Pyongyang. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Trump receives new foreign ambassadors, but he's yet to name U.S. envoys to major postings," 28 Mar. 2018 Power for the 5-acre peninsula will be generated by a windmill and solar panels, with a plaza highlighting the green energy components. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Mastodon model approved for Aurora exhibit at Phillips Park," 3 Mar. 2018 Donald Trump has provided no shortage of ominous signals about his intentions for the Korean peninsula. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The White House Just Sent an Ominous Signal About Its Plans For North Korea," 31 Jan. 2018 Also known as sour orange, this citrus grows wild in the Yucatan peninsula. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Most of Florida's breeding bald eagles, especially those in the extreme southern peninsula, remain in the state year-round. Cassie Armstrong,, "American Eagle Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 19 June 2018 The meeting was held on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, the truce village that straddles the North- South border in the peninsula’s Demilitarized Zone. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "In attempt to salvage Trump-Kim summit, North and South Korea hold secret meeting," 26 May 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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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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