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

Definition of islander

: a native or inhabitant of an island

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In 1930, the last remaining islanders were evacuated, at their own request, since their old way of life was no longer tenable, and were resettled on the mainland. Neel Mukherjee, New York Times, "A Veritable No Man’s Land, Off the Coast of Scotland," 7 May 2018 They were built to store a whole range of things on which the islanders depended: grains, ropes, salted seabirds, cured fish, peat, seabirds’ eggs. Neel Mukherjee, New York Times, "A Veritable No Man’s Land, Off the Coast of Scotland," 7 May 2018 Many islanders departed their homeland, but most returned gradually to cod fishing. Marc Wortman, Smithsonian, "This Tiny French Archipelago Became America’s Alcohol Warehouse During Prohibition," 17 Jan. 2018 While the Ynaa come in peace, tensions arise as an islander is murdered, and as his brother responds in kind. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 The camp board, former campers and islanders first thought Allen was purchasing the land to save the place. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "How Paul Allen quietly saved an Orcas Island preschool," 19 Oct. 2018 Viewers are also given a chance to weigh in, voting for their favorite and least favorite islanders. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Love Island, the Best Reality Show of All Time, Is Getting a U.S. Adaptation," 8 Aug. 2018 Even some of the older, reddish-orange hands, which would have been ancient at the time of the Last Glacial Maximum, have been touched up with the purple designs, as if the artists wanted to connect those earlier islanders to their own culture. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 On Fridays and Saturdays, guests may also assist in distributing bags of groceries and household supplies to islanders. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "How Travelers Can Help Hurricane-Damaged Islands," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of islander

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

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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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