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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An American flag soared from Mackinac Bridge on Tuesday morning in the cloudy skies where the peninsulas meet, honoring those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Omar Abdel- Baqui, Detroit Free Press, "In honor of 9/11 victims, giant flag soars high on Mackinac Bridge," 11 Sep. 2019 When Putin annexed Crimea on the grounds of protecting the peninsula’s Russian-speaking majority from Ukrainian nationalists (pictured as bloodthirsty neo-nazis by Russian TV), his ratings soared to a whopping 89%. Leonid Ragozin, Time, "Moscow's Elections Show Putin Is Losing the War at Home," 10 Sep. 2019 The 397-room, 332,500-square-foot hotel was built in 1887 on the island in the Straits of Mackinac that separates Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas., "Owners of the iconic Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island announce sale," 10 Sep. 2019 Sentsov — who was seized from his Crimean home after Russian forces occupied the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014 and was later imprisoned for 20 years on charges of plotting attacks against Russian targets — was among 35 prisoners swapped on Saturday. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Imprisoned Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov Freed in Prisoner Swap," 7 Sep. 2019 The Virginia portions of the Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva peninsula are under a tropical storm watch, with Hurricane Dorian forecast to sweep up the Southeast coast this week. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Hurricane Dorian still not forecast to have much effect on Maryland," 4 Sep. 2019 Tropical Storm Fernand is currently spinning off the east coast of Mexico, just northwest of the Yucatán peninsula. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Tropical Storm Fernand forms in Gulf of Mexico," 3 Sep. 2019 Gilbert crossed the northeast coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula on September 14th, becoming the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin to strike land since Camille in 1969. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Dorian 2019 now a Category 5: What are the strongest Atlantic hurricanes?," 1 Sep. 2019 Many South Koreans feel, quite rightly, that Japan has not sufficiently acknowledged, let alone properly atoned for, all the horrors of its colonial rule over the Korean peninsula. The Economist, "South Korea and Japan are taking their historical feud too far," 31 Aug. 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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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