1 of 2


: shore pebbles : shingle
: a shore of a body of water covered by sand, gravel, or larger rock fragments
: a seashore area


2 of 2


beached; beaching; beaches

transitive verb

: to run or drive ashore
beaching the landing craft in the assault
The storm damaged and beached half the fleet.
: to strand on or as if on a beach
a beached shark

Example Sentences

Noun We spent the day at the beach. she loves walking along the beach, looking for shells that the waves cast up Verb The pirates beached the ship on the island.
Recent Examples on the Web
Todd Snyder Tile Open-Knit Cabana Polo Some shirts were just born to be worn while sipping a coconut cocktail on a tropical beach. Brad Lanphear,, 18 May 2023 Recent projects include a beach house in the Hamptons, a Philadelphia Main Line residence, and a Greenwich Village apartment. ELLE Decor, 17 May 2023 So that was a highlight, and then all of the onshore beach scenes were really fun for both of us. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2023 Plans are shifting once again for the Elder and Centennial beach project in Winnetka with the latest design changes driven by cost considerations and the funding available to the Park District. Alex Hulvalchick, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2023 For some, the ideal vacation looks like lounging on the beach or tanning by a swimming pool. Nina Derwin, Redbook, 16 May 2023 Castle Island is on the northern tip of a stretch of Boston beaches overlooking Boston Harbor. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 15 May 2023 Hutchinson attended the beach vigil in a wheelchair and said that his health is improving, WCSC reported. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 15 May 2023 Book Now From $335 per night 9 Gurney's, Montauk The only year-round resort in Montauk, Gurney's is set right on the beach. Kate Mcgregor, House Beautiful, 13 May 2023
The harbor beach on this practically uninhabited isle is beautiful enough, but for the real showstopper, head to La Cattedrale, a series of rocky arches jutting into the sea, so named for their resemblance to the vaulted naves of medieval churches. Lila Battis, Travel + Leisure, 30 Apr. 2023 The crowds thin out even more about an hour east at Mazunte and Zipolite, beaches popular with backpackers and long-stay guests. Tim Leffel, CNN, 21 Apr. 2023 There would be no going to the pool or beach ahead of Saturday night’s title tilt with No. 1 Minnesota at Amalie Arena. Andrew Mahoney,, 9 Apr. 2023 The bulk of the whales found beached since 2019 have been malnourished, but the other two leading causes of death have been getting entangled in fishing line or trauma after vessel strikes, according to the center. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2023 Sent to the back of the starting grid after beaching his car in a sea of gravel during qualifying on Saturday, Pérez methodically clawed his way through the field. Josh Katz, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2023 However, there is no record of a shark beaching on the Outer Banks as of March 29, said Patricia Smith, a public information officer with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. Eleanor Mccrary, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2023 Here are some of the best Lake Erie beaches for your next shoreside getaway. Molly Mcardle, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2023 Just call it beach to boite. Stephanie Hirschmiller, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



origin unknown


verbal derivative of beach entry 1

First Known Use


circa 1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beach was circa 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Beach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a sandy or gravelly part of the shore of a body of water


2 of 2 verb
: to run or drive ashore
beach a boat

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