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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If a soldier from one country is found, the two Koreas would have reason to invite that country to join in the excavation effort—injecting momentum into the detente on the peninsula. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Old Enemies Meet Again on the Battlefield, This Time to Recover the Dead," 12 Feb. 2019 Nestled at the tip of Cap Ferrat, between Nice and Monaco, the villa merely seems one among many large houses on the peninsula—not the kind that was ever meant to be photographed. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 The museum houses one of the best collections of Korean art outside the Korean peninsula, the only permanent exhibition space for ancient coins in the United States, and the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by John Singer Sargent. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Boston," 2 Aug. 2018 Parking on the peninsula during the summer is next to impossible, creating massive traffic jams and congestion., "Balboa Peninsula trolley should run daily to ease congestion," 9 July 2018 From the 1940s to the 1970s, Emhart’s predecessor operated a chemical manufacturing facility on the peninsula and used a raw material contaminated with a toxic form of dioxin. Stephen Singer,, "Stanley, Black & Decker Agrees To $100 Million Cleanup Of RI Superfund Site," 9 July 2018 In South Korea, the liberal Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper said Trump and Kim have started a ‘‘march of peace’’ to end nearly seven decades of hostility and pave the way for permanent peace and prosperity on the peninsula., "With summit over, Mike Pompeo makes visits to Asian allies," 13 June 2018 The radar station is located just 40 miles from Russia’s Kola peninsula, where the Fencer jets are based. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly a Dozen Russian Jets Practiced an Attack on a Norwegian Radar Base," 13 Feb. 2019 The bulk of Russia’s S-400s are deployed along the country’s western border; S-400 divisions also defend the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow seized from Ukraine in 2014. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "The New Iron Curtain: Russian Missile Defense Challenges U.S. Air Power," 23 Jan. 2019

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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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