Definition of jetty in English:



  • 1A landing stage or small pier at which boats can dock or be moored.

    ‘Ben jumped ashore and tied the rowboat up to the small wooden jetty’
    • ‘A 70-metre jetty will connect the waters of the Atlantic to phase one of the waterfront.’
    • ‘Imagine picking up passengers from a jetty on the Thames and delivering them to the Côte d' Azur or the shore of Lake Geneva.’
    • ‘Jody stretches out on the moist jetty, and inhales the clean smell of old wood.’
    • ‘We started our diving from the centre's floating jetty.’
    • ‘These properties, worth well in excess of R1 million, have their own private jetties on the Nahoon River.’
    • ‘Here you can dine with a view across the lagoon, while your yacht is moored in a private jetty.’
    • ‘"Geraldton just had a small jetty at the time, " he said.’
    • ‘Tony O'Reilly owns a villa, complete with a private jetty, on Paradise Island.’
    • ‘Last week they tore down the old jetty on Bay Street.’
    • ‘The wooden jetty which jutted out into the waters was long, but the Lake seemed to dwarf it effortlessly.’
    • ‘Next to it is a timber building overhanging the lake, a fish restaurant and a jetty for fishing and boarding ferries.’
    • ‘The very long jetty was used as a wharf for the area in the days of coastal shipping.’
    • ‘The company is also planning to invest in a private jetty to enable it to export bulk cement.’
    • ‘Port Denison could have a new jetty before its annual Blessing of the Fleet in November.’
    • ‘History has it that Swami Vivekananda had reached the boat jetty on December 3, 1892.’
    • ‘Bali Hai is located at Panuba Inn Resort with its own jetty connected to the dive base, and accommodation for its own divers.’
    • ‘The tender runs from the first row of old wooden jetties.’
    • ‘Under a steady drizzle the Ocean Hunter drew up to a small jetty nestled in the heart of a protected bay.’
    • ‘A new jetty has been built allowing easy access for the boats.’
    • ‘As the float passed by the boat jetties, officials and tourists raised slogans against plastic items.’
    pier, landing stage, landing place, landing, quay, wharf, dock, berth, staithe, stair, stairs, finger, pontoon, marina, harbour
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    1. 1.1 A bridge or staircase used by passengers boarding an aircraft.
      ‘aircraft will not be connected to passenger jetties during maintenance’
      • ‘The students and their teachers were asked to design and build a passenger jetty, which would help to transfer passengers from the terminals to the planes.’
      • ‘New passenger jetties will be added to prevent potential accidents during rough conditions.’
      pier, landing stage, landing place, landing, quay, wharf, dock, berth, staithe, stair, stairs, finger, pontoon, marina, harbour
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    2. 1.2 A breakwater constructed to protect or defend a harbour, stretch of coast, or riverbank.
      ‘engineers constructed jetties in the river to control erosion’
      • ‘The opening of the harbor is protected by a jetty, so the harbor is never swept by storm waves, nor is it ever closed off by sedimentation.’
      • ‘They also said the construction of a new jetty posed a threat to Greenland white-fronted geese which are common on the nearby Drumharlow Lake.’
      • ‘Rain or shine, every morning he walks down the fishing harbour jetty to feed the crows.’
      • ‘They usually forage below the tide line of rocky beaches and jetties on the Washington coast.’
      • ‘I know this from bitter experience when fishing from the stone jetties in the Arabian Gulf.’
      • ‘Land is also being protected from the erosive forces of the sea by rock jetties that extend out to sea.’
      • ‘When she reached the small concrete jetty she had problems getting up on to it.’
      • ‘Some fifteen minutes from the last lookout there is a stone seat from which you can view the upper harbour and the jetty at Governors Bay.’
      • ‘We go ashore by dinghy at a pretty stone jetty surrounded by dense trees and rhododendron bushes.’
      • ‘His dedication to the community has been manifested in numerous ways, including mortgaging his house to fund the construction of a jetty in the Soufriere Bay.’
      • ‘The harbor is protected by a long jetty running more or less north and south, and you have to enter at the southern end.’
      • ‘A significant on-farm innovation has been the installation of jetties on the riverbanks by Braum's own construction crews.’
      • ‘During migration and winter, they inhabit rocky coasts, reefs, jetties, and breakwaters.’
      • ‘We're blowing all this money to build houses and ruin habitat with so-called beach renourishment and jetties, groins and seawalls.’
      • ‘The track became old stone jetty, sloping straight into the sea.’
      • ‘‘All the old timber jetties along the coast over time reach the end of their lives,’ Mr Flottmann said.’
      • ‘But they had to wait two years before construction was started with the jetty.’
      • ‘Beside it was a stone jetty where people were busy - Jason in shirt sleeves, one of the detectives in a suit, and Petra, she of the long-legs.’
      • ‘But development, and the sand pumping, jetties, and seawalls that come with it, is overwhelming beaches.’
      • ‘Now she shares her bay with three dayboats and a couple of other safari boats, and a rough jetty stretches almost to her mooring.’
      pier, landing stage, landing place, landing, quay, wharf, dock, berth, staithe, stair, stairs, finger, pontoon, marina, harbour
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Late Middle English: from Old French jetee, feminine past participle of jeter ‘to throw’ (see jet).