is·​let | \ ˈī-lət How to pronounce islet (audio) \

Definition of islet

1 : a little island

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landed the boat on a tiny islet that we had all to ourselves
Recent Examples on the Web The Magdalen Islands, or the Maggies, as some Canadians affectionately call them, are an archipelago of islets that resemble ships at anchor in the center of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Inside the fragile world of Québec’s harp seals," 19 Dec. 2019 It was then named for Italian businessman Lodovico Mares, who funded the expedition that discovered the animal on a tiny islet also called Mares—named after the same individual—near Santiago Island. Jason G. Goldman, National Geographic, "New leaf-toed geckos found living on remote volcano," 27 Nov. 2019 China claims almost the entire sea as its sovereign territory, and has spent recent years militarizing and building up sandbars and islets across the region. James Griffiths, CNN, "China can shut off the Philippines' power grid at any time, leaked report warns," 25 Nov. 2019 Hancock spent most of his stay sitting and sleeping inside an adapted water tank hauled up on the islet’s flattest ledge. Greg Noone, Smithsonian, "This Tiny, Uninhabitable Islet in the North Atlantic Has Been Attracting Fishermen and Adventurers for Decades," 30 Oct. 2019 Traditional-style Indonesian schooners take divers to this tranquil archipelago of more than 1,500 islets to see one of the world’s greatest collections of marine biodiversity. National Geographic, "Three by sea: Life-changing tales from female travelers," 14 Nov. 2019 The first half of the pic is promising enough, setting the scene with economy and touches of flair from the opening god's-eye shot of the entire islet where the action will unfold. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Some Beasts' ('Algunas bestias'): Film Review | San Sebastian 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 The incident involving the Russian aircraft took place east of the Korean Peninsula near a group of islets controlled by South Korea, which refers to them as Dokdo. Washington Post, "North Korea parades new submarine, sending message to Trump," 23 July 2019 Yusuhara is also starting to benefit from this year’s Setouchi Triennale, located roughly three hours away by car on the islets off the northern shores of Shikoku. Brandon Presser, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Japanese Town Has Become a Secret Destination for Architecture Buffs," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of islet

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Islet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of islet

: a small island


is·​let | \ ˈī-lət How to pronounce islet (audio) \

Kids Definition of islet

: a small island


is·​let | \ ˈī-lət How to pronounce islet (audio) \

Medical Definition of islet

: a small isolated mass of one type of tissue within a different type specifically : islet of langerhans

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