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
Weather bureau Pagasa said another tropical cyclone, Haima, was expected to reach the far north of the Philippine archipelago late Wednesday or early Thursday, and could follow the track of Sarika.
A special five-member tribunal established by the court in 2013 will also decide on the size of maritime zones around rocks and reefs in the Spratly archipelago off the Philippine coast.
The sanctuary, which surrounds the Florida Keys archipelago, protects most of the reef as well as over 6,000 species of marine life and countless coral and mangrove islands.
For many residents of American Samoa, a tiny archipelago and the only U.S. territory in the Southern Hemisphere, the legal questions are even more fundamental.
Tiny planes can be a godsend in a country that can feel like an archipelago on land.
This is due in part to the general lack of Jews, and to the very large number of museums—Europe is a vast archipelago of Jewish museums.
The remote village, on one of more than 400 islands in the Shengsi archipelago, was abandoned in the early 1990s as residents moved away, aiming to leave problems with education and food delivery behind them.
But Google Buzz can't bridge our ideological archipelagos pacifism can.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of archipelago
Archipelago Aegean Sea, from Italian Arcipelago, literally, chief sea, from arci- (from Latin archi-) + Greek pelagos sea — more at plagal
First Known Use: 1589
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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