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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Growing up in Hawaii as a blond-haired kid among islanders, Hamilton was bullied and learned humility. Lisa Boone,, "Laird Hamilton has no time for alpha males," 28 June 2019 Dominicans are the proud progeny of islanders of differing ancestry who shook off the yoke of Spanish, French, and even U.S. rule to be an independent nation. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: A lesson on identity politics from the Dominican Republic," 5 Sep. 2019 As well as bringing us a fresh group of islanders and a new villa to admire, the January series is likely to throw up many of the same linguistic debates as previous series. Rebecca Woods, Quartz, "The linguistic case for using the word “like” all the time," 28 Aug. 2019 But while businesses with a vested interest in the plastic industry may be reluctant to adapt, activists have joined forces with a broad coalition of islanders to battle the garbage. NBC News, "Bali fights back as tons of floating plastic threaten to spoil once-pristine paradise," 25 Aug. 2019 Memphis designer Ettore Sottsass, the novelist Roland Zoss—finding a quiet welcome among its few islanders; fishing and cultivating capers and Malvasia grapes for sweet wine. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Islands Near Sicily Might Be the Last Uncrowded Part of Italy," 22 Aug. 2019 That reasoned xenophobia was reinforced by British colonialists, who turned their muskets and cannons on the islanders, stole their land, then stood back as pestilence carried off most of the population. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 Yamamoto's family has hailed from Hawaii since his great-grandparents' generation, and his multicultural background is typical of many islanders. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Part of the Christian Yelich trade, Marlins rookie Jordan Yamamoto inspires hope in Miami," 5 July 2019 The island's governing body decided in 2017 to go ahead with the AU$10.5 million eradication, after 15 years of research and planning and a referendum that saw 52% of islanders vote in favor. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect," 5 June 2019

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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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