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isle

noun \ ˈī(-ə)l \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of isle

: island; especially : islet 1

Examples of isle in a Sentence

  1. the Australian seas are rife with uninhabited isles

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Origin and Etymology of isle

Middle English, from Anglo-French ile, isle, from Latin insula

isle Synonyms

Synonyms

island, islet;

Near Antonyms

continent, main, mainland;

Related Words

atoll, barrier reef, cay, coral reef, key;


2

isle

verb

Definition of isle

isled; isling
1 : to make an isle of
2 : to place on or as if on an isle

First Known Use of isle

circa 1576

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ISLE Defined for Kids

isle

noun \ ˈīl \

Definition of isle for Students

: a usually small island


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