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 peninsula (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 Over the next few days, up to around a foot of snow could fall across portions of the upper Michigan peninsula, along with portions of the western mountains. Star Tribune, "Snowy Thursday Morning With Dropping Daytime Temperatures," 3 Feb. 2021 This is the mouth of Coney Island Creek, part of a two-mile tidal estuary that zigzags between the Coney Island peninsula and Gravesend. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, "A Coney Island Baptism Spot Might Be Declared a Superfund Site," 4 Jan. 2021 The promotional video for the project shows flowers blooming in thousands of piazzas across the peninsula. New York Times, "Italy Turns to Flower Power to Help Spread Vaccine Message," 28 Dec. 2020 Losing the battle Although the fir can be found in small numbers on a handful of mountains in southern regions of the main Korean peninsula, the main population is on Jeju’s Hallasan Mountain, an active volcano with 1,800 different kinds of plants. Environment, "Climate troubles loom for South Korea’s ‘Christmas Tree Island’," 24 Dec. 2020 Sinai peninsula were killed when a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the Egyptian coast Thursday, officials with the Multinational Force & Observers said. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Five U.S. Troops Killed in Helicopter Crash Near Egypt," 12 Nov. 2020 All municipal parades in Baldwin County have been called off, though a small parade on the Fort Morgan peninsula has received approval to proceed on Feb. 14. al, "Confirmed: No Mardi Gras parades for downtown Mobile," 15 Jan. 2021 Their former range across the American Southeast has shrunk to a corner of the lower Florida peninsula., "Most Florida panthers found dead in 2020 were killed by cars," 26 Dec. 2020 Led by explorer Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen, the group had set out to determine whether Peary Land, a territory in northeastern Greenland, was a peninsula or an island. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Black Smudge on Diary Page Reveals 1907 Arctic Expedition’s Tragic End," 23 Dec. 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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20 Feb 2021

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“Peninsula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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