is·land·er | \ˈī-lən-dər \

Definition of islander 

: a native or inhabitant of an island

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But what's happening now is even bigger, as islanders have begun to see farming not just as a source of employment but as a crucial source of the food Puerto Rico needs to survive. Nicole Acevedo /, NBC News, "'The push we needed': Puerto Rico's local farmers step up efforts after Hurricane Maria," 6 July 2018 Cars aren’t allowed; islanders get around by golf cart or bicycle. Alison Humes, WSJ, "Summer Getaways That You Don’t Need To Sweat Over," 28 June 2018 Green iguanas began to take over Puerto Rico in the early 2000s, undermining roadways, chomping on native plants and harassing islanders. Ellie Rushing,, "Chicken of the trees: Eating South Florida's iguanas," 29 June 2018 Another islander ventured to the spot and scanned the bottom with sonar. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Ten months later, nearly 1,000 households in Puerto Rico still lack power, according to the New York Times, while thousands of islanders who took shelter on the mainland have been unable to return. Laignee Barron, Time, "FEMA Says It Was Significantly Unprepared When Hurricane Maria Hit Puerto Rico," 13 July 2018 Not least among them count the hundreds of islanders who committed suicide, as directed by Emperor Hirohito, who advised them that this would be preferable to surrender. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Pacific War in Color: The Enemy Underground’ Review: War, Vividly Rendered," 12 July 2018 Doiron captures the stark beauty of his setting without averting his eyes from the sick and starving wildlife, the rancorous feuds among the lobstermen or the homicidal impulses that push islanders off the deep end. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Hate Thy Neighbor. Or Maybe Just Kill Him.," 6 July 2018 Decades on, in the 1970s, the atoll’s food chain was still heavily contaminated and exposed some islanders who had returned to dangerous levels of Cesium-137. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Shutting down North Korea’s test site is not as easy as it looks. Ask France, Britain and the U.S.," 24 May 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


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Kids Definition of islander

: a person who lives on an island

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