is·​land·​er | \ ˈī-lən-dər How to pronounce islander (audio) \

Definition of islander

: a native or inhabitant of an island

Examples of islander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the other hand, Liberty’s finally seen the cracks in her relationship that have been apparent to every other islander and also all of Twitter. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, 22 Aug. 2021 Under a new agricultural visa to be introduced this month, the government expects the number of Pacific islander and East Timorese laborers working in Australian primary industries will double to 24,000 by early next year. Rod Mcguirk, ajc, 14 Sep. 2021 Each islander was allowed to speak with their family members alone before introducing their bathing suit-donning partners to their parents, grandparents, aunts and children. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 15 Aug. 2021 In Week 4, an islander who has been in the villa since Day 1 was eliminated, and some couples endured tests to their relationships while other islanders buckled under the pressure of a love triangle. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 4 Aug. 2021 Shockingly, the kissing booth game that meant every islander had swapped spit with each other didn’t help matters in that love triangle. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 The existential questions that any recapper ponders: Will Hugo ever find one (1) singular islander romantically interested in him? Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, 10 July 2021 Suddenly, in a terrible production decision, Chloe, the new islander, sends everyone a voice memo and invites the boys to a Bachelor-style group date. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, 3 July 2021 The rich blues and aqueous textures of the many watery scenes suggest an islander’s seaward outlook, while the fiery, liquid reds in other pictures evoke volcanoes. Washington Post, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of islander

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of islander was circa 1550

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3 Dec 2021

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“Islander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of islander

: a person born or living on an island


is·​land·​er | \ ˈī-lən-dər How to pronounce islander (audio) \

Kids Definition of islander

: a person who lives on an island

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