jetty

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Etymology 1[edit]

From French jetée ‘pier, jetty, causeway’. Compare jet, jutty.

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jetty (plural jetties)

Jetty with boat and bicycle
  1. A structure of wood or stone extended into the sea to influence the current or tide, or to protect a harbor or beach.
  2. A wharf or dock extending from the shore.
  3. (architecture) A part of a building that jets or projects beyond the rest, and overhangs the wall below.
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jetty (third-person singular simple present jetties, present participle jettying, simple past and past participle jettied)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To jut out; to project.
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Etymology 2[edit]

jet +‎ -y

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jetty (comparative jettier, superlative jettiest)

  1. (archaic) Made of jet, or like jet in color.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, III.75:
      those large black eyes were so blackly fringed, / The glossy rebels mocked the jetty stain [...].
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, vol. 1:
      She raised her face veil [...] showing two black eyes fringed with jetty lashes, whose glances were soft and languishing and whose perfect beauty was ever blandishing [...].
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