Definition of Ellis Island noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Ellis Island

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BrE BrE//ˌelɪs ˈaɪlənd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌelɪs ˈaɪlənd//
 
 
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a small island near New York City that from 1892 to 1943 was the official place of entry for people coming to live in the US from other countries Culture Ellis Island was in use as a place of entry between 1892 and 1943. About 20 million people entered the US there, but it was called the 'island of tears' because some were refused entry. In 1990 it became the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Ellis Island