noun, is·land often attributive \ˈī-lənd\

Definition of ISLAND

:  a tract of land surrounded by water and smaller than a continent
:  something resembling an island especially in its isolated or surrounded position: as
a :  a usually raised area within a thoroughfare, parking lot, or driveway used especially to separate or direct traffic
b :  a superstructure on the deck of a ship (as an aircraft carrier)
c :  a kitchen counter that is approachable from all sides
:  an isolated group or area; especially :  an isolated ethnological group

Examples of ISLAND

  1. He lives on an island in the Caribbean.
  2. <the island of Hawaii is the largest in the Hawaiian archipelago>

Origin of ISLAND

alteration (influenced by Anglo-French isle) of earlier iland, from Middle English, from Old English īgland (akin to Old Norse eyland), from īg island (akin to Old English ēa river, Latin aqua water) + land land
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to ISLAND

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with ISLAND



Definition of ISLAND

transitive verb
a :  to make into or as if into an island
b :  to dot with or as if with islands
:  isolate

First Known Use of ISLAND



geographical name

Definition of ISLAND

— see iceland

Variants of ISLAND

Island or Ísland
ISLAND Defined for Kids


noun is·land \ˈī-lənd\

Definition of ISLAND for Kids

:  an area of land surrounded by water and smaller than a continent
:  something like an island in its isolation <We have a counter island in our kitchen.>
Medical Dictionary


noun is·land \ˈī-lənd\

Medical Definition of ISLAND

:  an isolated anatomical structure, tissue, or group of cells
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