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[jet-ee] /ˈdʒɛt i/
noun, plural jetties.
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.
verb (used with object), jettied, jettying.
to construct (part of a building) so that it projects beyond lower construction; jutty.
Origin of jetty1
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English get(t)ey < Old French jetee, literally, something thrown out, a projection, noun use of jetee, feminine past participle of jeter to throw; see jet1


[jet-ee] /ˈdʒɛt i/
made of jet.
resembling jet, especially in color; of a deep black.
First recorded in 1475-85; jet2 + -y1
Related forms
jettiness, noun Unabridged
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  • The detective and the officer were on the jetty of Dieppe harbour.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • 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 Joseph Conrad
  • I engaged him to be the foreman of our lightermen, and caretaker of our jetty.

  • Each ship at the jetty had, of course, her chief officer on board.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for jetty


noun (pl) -ties
a structure built from a shore out into the water to direct currents or protect a harbour
a landing pier; dock
Word Origin
C15: from Old French jetee projecting part, literally: something thrown out, from jeter to throw; see jet1


of or resembling jet, esp in colour or polish
Derived Forms
jettiness, noun
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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.

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