Peninsula vs. Peninsular

By Jaxson

  • Peninsula

    A peninsula (Latin: paeninsula from paene “almost” and insula “island”) is a piece of land surrounded by water on the majority of its border, while being connected to a mainland from which it extends. Examples are the Upper and Lower peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan, the Scandinavian Peninsula and the Malay peninsula. The surrounding water is usually understood to be continuous, though not necessarily named as a single body of water. Peninsulas are not always named as such; one can also be a headland, cape, island promontory, bill, point, or spit. A point is generally considered a tapering piece of land projecting into a body of water that is less prominent than a cape. A river which courses through a very tight meander is also sometimes said to form a “peninsula” within the (almost closed) loop of water. In English, the plurals of peninsula are peninsulas and, less commonly, peninsulae.

  • Peninsula (noun)

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


  • Peninsular (adjective)

    Of, pertaining to, resembling, or connected with a peninsula.

    “The lakeside cottage was on a peninsular spit of land.”

  • Peninsular (adjective)

    Exhibiting a narrow provincialism; parochial.

  • Peninsular (noun)

    One who inhabits a peninsula.

  • Peninsula (noun)

    a piece of land almost surrounded by water or projecting out into a body of water.

Oxford Dictionary

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