is·​land·​er ˈī-lən-dər How to pronounce islander (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of an island

Examples of islander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To be an islander in the next season, applicants must be 18 years or older and fill out a casting application, mostly consisting of questions concerning the applicant's personal life and dating history. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 Mana that many islanders feel – and want to preserve. Daniel Cole, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Feb. 2024 In Dent’s view, all the focus on whether the islanders had ignored past crimes distracted from suffering in the present. Rebecca Panovka, Harper's Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Other musical devices on stage on Saturday will represent the rich Austronesian history of seafaring, when early islanders took instruments with them in outrigger canoes for the long journey following the currents from Taiwan to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Micronesia. The Arizona Republic, 7 Feb. 2024 But the islanders have emerged with greater appreciation for their community and culture — and created even more compelling reasons to visit. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 During the 18th and 19th centuries, production of the moai stopped as the islanders faced enslavement by Peruvian raiders, escalating civil unrest, and disease. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 The islanders – including Gregers, the only farmer and youngest of all – are stoically fighting off severe weather conditions and the risk of flooding, like survivors of a doomed refuge, waiting for the inevitable catastrophe to happen. Annika Pham, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 But islanders feel abandoned by European and Italian politicians, who have struggled to manage irregular migration effectively while maintaining humanitarian standards. Alessandro Clemente, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of islander was circa 1550

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“Islander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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is·​land·​er ˈī-lən-dər How to pronounce islander (audio)
: a person born or living on an island

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