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

Examples of beach in a Sentence

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
Howard Schnapp/Newsday RM via Getty Images Red beach flag As with many things, red indicates hazards on the beach. Li Cohen, CBS News, 13 June 2024 It can be dressed up or down and is versatile enough to be worn while traveling, sightseeing, to dinner, or even to the beach. Asia London Palomba, Travel + Leisure, 12 June 2024
The sand can be used for more than just beach from coastal erosion too. Ashley Miznazi, Miami Herald, 8 June 2024 Two boats had drifted off and gotten stuck on the Israeli side of the border, with two more getting beached near the pier. The Editors, National Review, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for beach 

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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 22 Jun. 2024.

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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