Albemarle Sound[al′bə märl′]
arm of the Atlantic extending into NE N.C.: c. 60 mi (97 km) long
Origin of Albemarle Soundafter Wm. Keppel, 2d Earl of Albemarle, governor of colony of Virginia (1737-54)
A large body of shallow, generally fresh water in northeast North Carolina. It is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks.