is·​let | \ ˈī-lət \

Definition of islet

1 : a little island

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Synonyms for islet


island, isle

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Examples of islet in a Sentence

landed the boat on a tiny islet that we had all to ourselves

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Ample-size bungalows at Bom Bom Resort sport canopy beds and private terraces; breakfast and dinner is served on a wooden pier on the islet (From about $430 a night, including breakfast and dinner, Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Fantasized About Being a Castaway? Check Out This Island Holiday," 18 Dec. 2018 Tran towed the torpedo to a nearby islet, where authorities brought it to the mainland for a better look. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Vietnamese Fisherman Drags a Chinese Torpedo Back to Shore," 19 Dec. 2018 Malaysia and Brunei are the other claimants to the chain of islands and barren islets and atolls. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Duterte: China should temper its behavior in disputed waters," 14 Aug. 2018 How to Do It RightReachable only by boat, on its own private islet, Azerai Câ´n Tho’ is the latest opening from Adrian Zecha’s new affordable-luxe brand. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 The area is home to popular beaches and resorts and next to the low-lying Gili islets, which officials evacuated earlier this week, moving almost 9,000 people, many of them foreign tourists. Ben Otto And I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Powerful Aftershock Shakes Survivors of Indonesia Quake," 9 Aug. 2018 The islets are renowned for their crystal clear waters that draw snorkelers and divers from all over the world. Todd Pitman, The Seattle Times, "In quake-hit Indonesia, a challenge to recover the dead," 7 Aug. 2018 Yildirim said the incident was similar to one in 1996 when the two NATO allies went to war over the uninhabited Imia islets — Kardak in Turkish — which both Turkey and Greece claim. Fox News, "Turkey warns Greece after flag is hoisted on disputed islet," 17 Apr. 2018 In the event of a crisis, Zubrs could quickly land a small ground force on these islets, either to claim them for China or take them from someone else. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Buying Giant Attack Hovercraft From Russia," 24 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of islet

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of islet was in 1538

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English Language Learners Definition of islet

: a small island


is·​let | \ ˈī-lət \

Kids Definition of islet

: a small island


is·​let | \ ˈī-lət \

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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