peninsula

noun
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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With Russia in control of Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and backing separatists in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev is unable to fulfill its aspirations of joining the European Union or NATO. Mstyslav Chernov, The Seattle Times, "Ukrainian workers, seeing little hope at home, head abroad," 25 Mar. 2019 The Caye, the peninsula, and the sea frame one of those precious, pleasant places, where deeper histories feel palpable and still mysterious. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 As of 2017, tech companies occupied 159 million square feet of office and R&D space in Silicon Valley (which includes the San Francisco peninsula), according to real estate company CBRE. Rani Molla, Recode, "Amazon, Apple and others are expanding out of major tech cities — but mostly to other major tech cities," 20 Dec. 2018 Continue down the peninsula for a beautiful drive to the beaches of Eaglehawk Neck. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Chef Sarah Glover’s Guide to the Gorgeous Wilds (and Vintage Dress Shops) of Tasmania," 11 Dec. 2018 It was considered to be the largest display of public worship by Christians on the peninsula, the birthplace of Islam. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Pope caps visit to Arabian Peninsula with historic Mass," 5 Feb. 2019 With the Ottomans gone, the House of Saud quickly expanded from its desert strongholds to much of the Arabian peninsula, first capturing Mecca and then establishing a powerful new state in 1932. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Long Struggle for Supremacy in the Muslim World," 26 Oct. 2018 North Korea suggested elections be held for the entire peninsula, and all foreign forces (including UN forces) leave beforehand. James Griffiths, CNN, "Could Trump and Kim agree to a peace treaty ending the Korean War?," 9 June 2018 The subtropical storm, located off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, formed Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Alberto: Tropical storm watch issued for part of Florida for Memorial Day weekend," 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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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 How to pronounce peninsula (audio) \

Kids Definition of peninsula

: a piece of land extending out into a body of water

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