Definition of desert island noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


desert island

BrE BrE//ˌdezət ˈaɪlənd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdezərt ˈaɪlənd//
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a tropical island where no people live Word Origindesert ultimately from Latin desertus ‘abandoned, deserted’; in later use treated as an attributive use of desert ‘area of land’.
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