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 Long-time islander Clayton Walls is hoping for a July 15 reopening for the Stone House 1891, a dining/entertainment complex on the west side of the island that opened in 2018. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Americans cut off from Lake Erie’s Pelee Island while U.S.-Canadian border remains closed," 11 June 2020 Early 20th-century oral historians working on Rapa Nui theorized that an internecine clash had occurred between islanders. Tom Garlinghouse, Scientific American, "Rethinking Easter Island’s Historic ‘Collapse’," 30 May 2020 And the only mention of international travel in Prime Minister Scott Morrison's reopening plan comes in the final stage, when the country will consider allowing in other Pacific islanders and international students. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Is international travel allowed yet? See when popular destinations are reopening their borders," 20 May 2020 Although more than 55,000 islanders now have the app, according to Seely, that’s still less than half the 140,000-strong population. Thomas Seal,, "Virus Tracing App Test Puts Small U.K. Island in Spotlight," 15 May 2020 This islander is a legit hunter, and rightfully so. Drew Palmer, Outdoor Life, "50 Hunter Stereotypes from Every State," 15 May 2020 The group was promoting its plan to test islanders for coronavirus, starting with first-responders and other essential workers. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Ile's COVID-19 testing unlike any other in the state," 14 May 2020 But many islanders fear that new facilities will only increase the number of migrants and refugees after the government failed to deliver on a pledge to ease overcrowding over the winter months. Washington Post, "Greek island protesters vow to stop new migrant camps," 24 Feb. 2020 Interpreting the culture of a subcontinent that few of today’s islanders have seen has produced flavors and rhythms their ancestors wouldn’t recognize. Omar Mouallem, WSJ, "Trinidad: A Caribbean Vacation With an Indian Flavor," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of islander

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Islander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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