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



    BrE BrE//ˈaɪlənd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪlənd//
    Other geographic regions, Coastlines and the sea
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  1. 1  (abbreviation I, I., Is.) a piece of land that is completely surrounded by water We spent a week on the Greek island of Kos. a remote island off the coast of Scotland (figurative) No place on the planet can remain an island of affluence in a sea of suffering. see also desert island See related entries: Other geographic regions, Coastlines and the sea
  2. 2(British English) = traffic island
  3. Word OriginOld English īegland, from īeg ‘island’ (from a base meaning ‘watery, watered’) + land. The change in the spelling of the first syllable in the 16th cent. was due to association with the unrelated word isle.Extra examples Fiji is a small South Pacific island nation. He owns a house on the island. His money is in an offshore island bank. Puerto Rico and its offshore islands The best beaches are on the southern tip of the island. They were forced to leave their island home and start a new life on the mainland. a ferry service to the outlying islands a group of tropical islands the island chain of the Bahamas the island paradise of Phuket
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