Definition of island
1 : a tract of land surrounded by water and smaller than a continent
2 : 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
3 : an isolated group or area; especially : an isolated ethnological group
Examples of island in a sentence
He lives on an island in the Caribbean.
<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
First Known Use of island
Definition of Island
— see iceland
Variants of island
ISLAND Defined for Kids
Definition of island for Students
1 : an area of land surrounded by water and smaller than a continent
2 : something like an island in its isolation <We have a counter island in our kitchen.>
Medical Definition of island
: an isolated anatomical structure, tissue, or group of cells
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