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
Recent Examples on the Web Heat advisories are in effect again today across much of the western half of the peninsula. Fox News, "Tampa tops out at 99 degrees Fahrenheit, tying all-time heat record," 27 June 2020 At present, gyms may only be open for outdoor activities and then with strict social distancing in place except in parts of the northern lower peninsula and across the Upper Peninsula, where indoor activities are permitted with certain restrictions. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Whitmer asks appeals court to delay opening of Michigan gyms," 23 June 2020 The southern Kenai Peninsula had seen 72 cases of the virus by Wednesday, according Lorne Carroll, public health nurse III at the Homer Public Health Center which serves the southern part of the peninsula. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska cases of COVID-19 go up, so does demand for contact tracing," 21 June 2020 Whitefish Dunes are on the peninsula’s quieter eastern side. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus hasn't completely canceled summer in Wisconsin. Here are things you can do across the state," 18 June 2020 For South Korean President Moon Jae-in, engagement with North Korea was a personal crusade to seek a new path on the peninsula. Washington Post, "South Korea’s Moon was once given VIP welcome by the North. He’s now mocked as Korean crisis deepens.," 17 June 2020 Calpeia’s burial was found in a cave at Europa Point, located at the southern-most tip of the peninsula. Manuel Jaén, National Geographic, "Face of a 7,500-year-old woman reveals Gibraltar's earliest humans," 4 June 2020 After the first six months, the peninsula, with almost 20,000 residents, has gotten rid of weasels and trapped tens of thousands of rats. Mara Johnson-groh, Popular Science, "New Zealand’s bold rat-control campaign sees its first wave of successes," 26 May 2020 Tensions escalate on Korean peninsula as North blows up joint liaison office in provocative message to South by Jamie McIntyre Subscribe here to get all the latest headlines sent right to your inbox. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Top Stories: June 16, 2020," 16 June 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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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Peninsula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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