Definition of archipelago
1 : an expanse of water with many scattered islands
2 : a group of islands
3 : something resembling an archipelago; especially : a group or scattering of similar things an archipelago of small parks within the city
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Recent Examples of archipelago from the Web
The 35-room resort will span five uninhabited islands in the Anambas archipelago, with access to over 700 acres of forest, three lagoons and 13 beaches.
Hawaii's archipelago was the most difficult--also unsurprising--but the next two were curious.
Many islands in the 115-strong archipelago are low-lying elevated reefs.
As of Wednesday morning, the cluster of storms and clouds that would become the depression was out in the Central Atlantic, about 800 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Africa.
Boston is an archipelago, Los Angeles is a bay, and New York is under the sea.
Desperate to save its beloved wildlife, the archipelago nation is seizing on a drastic and controversial strategy: kill all the predators.
The DUP have fought to stop equal marriage, making Northern Ireland the only part of this archipelago without equal relationship rights.
And for the Asia-Pacific region in particular, with its low-lying archipelagos and fierce cyclones, climate is itself a security issue.
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Did You Know?
The Greeks called it the Aegean Pelagos and the Italians referred to it as Arcipelago (principal sea), but English speakers now call it the Aegean Sea. Numerous islands dot its expanse, and 17th-century English speakers adopted a modified form of its Italian name for any sea with a similar scattering of islands. By the 19th century archipelago had come to refer to the groups of islands themselves, and now it is often used figuratively, as in, for example, "an archipelago of high rises."
ARCHIPELAGO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of archipelago for English Language Learners
: a group of islands
ARCHIPELAGO Defined for Kids
Definition of archipelago for Students
: a group of islands
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