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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Across the great archipelago of North America’s Indian reservations and urban communities, people took notice.
Pursglove would soon learn, however, that navigating this offshore archipelago is not easy.
Otto battered Nicaragua’s Corn Islands with 10-foot waves and damaged houses, but residents were all safe in refuges, said the archipelago’s mayor, Cleveland Rolando Webster.
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.
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 lodge’s specialty is tarpon, which Baggett and his guides target on both the Atlantic and the Gulf sides of the lower Keys, generally regarded as the less crowded part of the archipelago.
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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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