wetland

noun wet·land \ ˈwet-ˌland , -lənd \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of wetland

: land or areas (such as marshes or swamps) that are covered often intermittently with shallow water or have soil saturated with moisture usually used in plural

Examples of wetland in a Sentence

  1. the conservation board has not always been rigorous in protecting the wetlands from development

Recent Examples of wetland from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wetland.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of wetland

1669

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

wetland Synonyms

Related Words

swale;

quagmire;


WETLAND Defined for English Language Learners

wetland

Definition of wetland for English Language Learners

  • : an area of land (such as a marsh or swamp) that is covered with shallow water



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up wetland? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

resembling the blue of the sky

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet-pasta-spelling-help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!