Definition of island
1 : a tract of land surrounded by water and smaller than a continent
2 : something resembling an island especially in its isolated or surrounded position: as a : a usually raised area within a thoroughfare, parking lot, or driveway used especially to separate or direct traffic b : a superstructure on the deck of a ship (as an aircraft carrier) c : a kitchen counter that is approachable from all sides
3 : an isolated group or area; especially : an isolated ethnological group
Examples of island in a sentence
He lives on an island in the Caribbean.
<the island of Hawaii is the largest in the Hawaiian archipelago>
Did You Know?
The words island and isle are etymologically distinct. Island can be traced back to Old English īgland, composed of two elements īg and land. Land, as we might expect means “land,” but īg means “island” in Old English. In a sense, then, īgland is “island-land.” The English isle, on the other hand, is derived through medieval French from the Latin insula. In the 16th century, under the influence of isle, the letter s was added to iland, the earlier form of island. The verb island did not appear until the 17th century.
Origin and Etymology of island
alteration (influenced by Anglo-French isle) of earlier iland, from Middle English, from Old English īgland (akin to Old Norse eyland), from īg island (akin to Old English ēa river, Latin aqua water) + land land
First Known Use: before 12th century
First Known Use of island
Definition of Island
— see iceland
Variants of island
ISLAND Defined for Kids
Definition of island for Students
1 : an area of land surrounded by water and smaller than a continent
2 : something like an island in its isolation <We have a counter island in our kitchen.>
Medical Definition of island
: an isolated anatomical structure, tissue, or group of cells
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