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Dictionary Definition

peninsula n : a large mass of land projecting into a body of water

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From paeninsula, from paene, and insula


  • a UK /ˈpə.nɪns.jə.lə(ɹ)/|/ˈpɛn.ɪns.jʊu.lə(ɹ)/; /"p@.nIns.j@.l@(r)/|"pEn.Ins.ju:.l@(r)/


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



a piece of land projecting into water

Extensive Definition

A peninsula is a piece of land that is bordered on three or more sides by water, but is still attached to the mainland. A peninsula can also be a headland, cape, island promontory, bill, point, or spit.


  • Europe is composed of many peninsulas, such as the Iberian Peninsula, Scandinavia, etc.

Balkan "Peninsula"

The Balkans is a peninsula including Macedonia, Greece ,Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, and Montenegro.


Iberian Peninsula

Encompassing continental Spain and Portugal, Andorra and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar.

Scandinavian Peninsula

Encompassing Sweden and Norway


Indian subcontinent and South Asia

Korean Peninsula

The whole land mass encompassing North and South Korea is a peninsula, surrounded by the Sea of Japan on the east, the East China Sea to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the west, the Korea Strait connecting the first two bodies of water.

North America


United States


Florida is a well known example of a peninsula and has some peninsulas on it.


Michigan is very distinguishable for its mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula of Michigan which includes The Thumb, Fountain Point, the Leelanau Peninsula, and Old Mission Peninsula. The northern half of Michigan is called the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and contains the Keweenaw Peninsula, the Garden Peninsula and the Stonington Peninsula.




peninsula in Afrikaans: Skiereiland
peninsula in Arabic: شبه جزيرة
peninsula in Asturian: Península
peninsula in Azerbaijani: یاریم آدا
peninsula in Min Nan: Poàn-tó
peninsula in Bosnian: Poluotok
peninsula in Bulgarian: Полуостров
peninsula in Catalan: Península
peninsula in Czech: Poloostrov
peninsula in Danish: Halvø
peninsula in German: Halbinsel
peninsula in Estonian: Poolsaar
peninsula in Modern Greek (1453-): Χερσόνησος
peninsula in Spanish: Península
peninsula in Esperanto: Duoninsulo
peninsula in Basque: Penintsula
peninsula in Persian: شبه جزیره
peninsula in French: Péninsule
peninsula in Western Frisian: Skiereilân
peninsula in Manx: Kione çheerey
peninsula in Galician: Península
peninsula in Korean: 반도
peninsula in Croatian: Poluotok
peninsula in Ido: Peninsulo
peninsula in Indonesian: Semenanjung
peninsula in Italian: Penisola
peninsula in Hebrew: חצי אי
peninsula in Kurdish: Nîvgirav
peninsula in Latin: Paeninsula
peninsula in Lithuanian: Pusiasalis
peninsula in Hungarian: Félsziget
peninsula in Macedonian: Полуостров
peninsula in Dutch: Schiereiland
peninsula in Japanese: 半島
peninsula in Norwegian: Halvøy
peninsula in Norwegian Nynorsk: Halvøy
peninsula in Narom: Longis
peninsula in Polish: Półwysep
peninsula in Portuguese: Península
peninsula in Romanian: Peninsulă
peninsula in Quechua: Yaqa wat'a
peninsula in Russian: Полуостров
peninsula in Simple English: Peninsula
peninsula in Slovak: Polostrov
peninsula in Slovenian: Polotok
peninsula in Serbian: Полуострво
peninsula in Serbo-Croatian: Poluotok
peninsula in Finnish: Niemimaa
peninsula in Swedish: Halvö
peninsula in Tamil: மூவலந்தீவு
peninsula in Thai: คาบสมุทร
peninsula in Vietnamese: Bán đảo
peninsula in Tagalog: Tangway
peninsula in Turkish: Yarımada
peninsula in Ukrainian: Півострів
peninsula in Venetian: Penìxoła
peninsula in Chinese: 半岛

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