isle

noun
\ ˈī(-ə)l How to pronounce isle (audio) \

Definition of isle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: island especially : islet sense 1

isle

verb
isled; isling

Definition of isle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for isle

Synonyms: Noun

island, islet

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Examples of isle in a Sentence

Noun

the Australian seas are rife with uninhabited isles

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Behold the glory of Ram Island, Maine, a five-acre forested isle in Wheeler Bay. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "This Private Island in Maine Can Be All Yours—for $1.4 Million, That Is," 11 Apr. 2019 My favorite place to vacation is: Cephalonia, a Greek isle in the Ionian Sea. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "‘Mission: Impossible’ Star Simon Pegg’s Favorite Tech Toys," 24 July 2018 Nearly 600 isles, all but a few uninhabited, make up this archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Crete, Greece The largest Greek isle, Crete is also one of the most distinctive, with its own unmistakable culture, landscape, cuisine, and mythological history. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Sir Francis Drake gave the Caymans their present name in 1586 when dangerous caiman crocodilians with an appetite for British sailors freely roamed these isles in large numbers. Erik Heinrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kittiwake wreck dive and Stingray City are unforgettable adventures – even if you do get bit," 16 May 2018 Like The Wicker Man, Apostle begins with a man getting a letter drawing him to a remote religious community in the British isles, where he’s been asked to save a life. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Apostle takes The Wicker Man to a radical new level," 12 Oct. 2018 Police said Sunday the suspect was on top of a man lying unconscious on the floor of the isle with a knife stuck in his thigh when officers arrived. Fox News, "Knife attack on Japan bullet train leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt," 9 June 2018 Thailand may be famous for its tropical isles and aquamarine seas, but select rivers and canals in the country’s core offer opportunities for some astonishing adventures as well. New York Times, "Taking to the River in Thailand," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of isle

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for isle

Noun

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

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The first known use of isle was in the 13th century

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isle

noun
\ ˈīl How to pronounce isle (audio) \

Kids Definition of isle

: a usually small island

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