cast·away | \ˈkast-ə-ˌwā \

Definition of castaway 

1 : thrown away : rejected

2a : cast adrift or ashore as a survivor of a shipwreck

b : thrown out or left without friends or resources

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But for visitors, arriving by Le Gois is a particularly thrilling way to access this seaside playground, only heightening the castaway feeling of the place. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Small Island Where the Tour de France Begins Is Actually a Vacationer's Paradise," 3 July 2018 Society does not like to hear from us castaway mothers. Jen Gunter, New York Times, "When a Grieving Mother Talks, Listen," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of castaway

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of castaway was in 1542

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cast·away | \ˈka-stə-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of castaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : thrown away

2 : cast adrift or ashore



Kids Definition of castaway (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is stranded in a place where there are no other people (as because of a shipwreck)

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