Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A piece of land that juts out from a larger land mass and is mostly surrounded by water.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A piece of land almost surrounded by water, and connected with the mainland by a neck or isthmus. The Peninsula is often used absolutely for Spain and Portugal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A portion of land nearly surrounded by water, and connected with a larger body by a neck, or isthmus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun geography A piece of land projecting into water from a larger land mass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a large mass of land projecting into a body of water

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin paenīnsula : paene, almost + īnsula, island.]

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From Latin paenīnsula, from paene ("almost"), and īnsula ("island").

Examples

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  • Everybody's gone, you picked me up for a long drive

    We take the tourist route, the nights are light until midnight

    We took the evening ferry over to the peninsula

    We found the avenue of trees went up to the hill.

    (Another sunny day, by Belle and Sebastian)

    April 28, 2008

  • Oh, Prolagus, lovely. I have an enormous crush on B&S.

    April 28, 2008