[kur-suh-neez, -nees]


a peninsula.

Origin of chersonese

1595–1605; < Latin chersonēsus < Greek chersónēsos, equivalent to chérso(s) dry + nḗsos island Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chersonese



  1. a poetic or rhetorical word for peninsula
  2. (capital when part of a name)Thracian Chersonese

Word Origin for chersonese

C17: from Latin, from Greek khersonēsos, from khersos dry (land) + nēsos island
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Word Origin and History for chersonese


from Greek khersonesos "peninsula," from khersos "dry land" + nesos "island," which is of uncertain origin; perhaps from *na-sos, literally "that which swims," from PIE root sna- "to swim" (see natatorium).

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