Roosevelt Island

geographical name
variants: or 1921–73 Welfare Island or earlier Blackwells Island \ ˈblak-​wəlz How to pronounce Blackwells Island (audio) , -​ˌwelz \

Definition of Roosevelt Island

island in the East River, New York City, connected to Manhattan by tramway; formerly the site of penal and later hospital facilities

Comments on Roosevelt Island

What made you want to look up Roosevelt Island? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!