- a pier or structure of stones, piles, or the like, projecting into the sea or other body of water to protect a harbor, deflect the current, etc.
- a wharf or landing pier.
- the piles or wooden structure protecting a pier.
- Also jutty. an overhang, as of an upper story beyond a lower.
- to construct (part of a building) so that it projects beyond lower construction; jutty.
Origin of jetty1
- made of jet.
- resembling jet, especially in color; of a deep black.
Origin of jetty2
Examples from the Web for jetty
The Daily Pic: Robert Smithson found spirals before his "Jetty".The Spirit of Land Art
August 22, 2012
When the waves reached their violent peak, a BUD/S instructor standing on top of the jetty would signal with his flashlight.Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
From these homes one can see the lighthouse, the jetty, some small islands, but nothing more.Dinner Under the Midnight Sun
June 26, 2010
The detective and the officer were on the jetty of Dieppe harbour.A Nest of Spies
Fenders were lowered, and the sloop slid gently to the jetty side.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
The end of the jetty; and here in one step more the end of life; the end of everything.
Under their feet the jetty sounded like a drum in the quiet night.
Before we could come up to him he turned about and walked in front of us in the direction of the jetty.The Shadow-Line
- a structure built from a shore out into the water to direct currents or protect a harbour
- a landing pier; dock
- of or resembling jet, esp in colour or polish
Word Origin and History for jetty
early 15c., from Old French jetee "a jetty, a projecting part of a building," also "a throw," noun use of fem. past participle of jeter "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Notion is of a structure "thrown out" past what surrounds it.