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 islet was prolific: in 2014 the Japan Times reported that enough lava had issued forth from the infant landmass to fill the Tokyo Dome six times. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Volcanic Island’s Explosive Growth Creates New Land," 10 July 2020 The Bangladeshi government, struggling with its own vulnerable population amid the pandemic, has threatened to relocate thousands of Rohingya from the camps to a cyclone-prone islet in the Bay of Bengal. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "For Young Rohingya Brides, Marriage Means a Perilous, Deadly Crossing," 17 Oct. 2020 Yet 2022 will mark two decades of the detention islet. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Political poison: What’s going on in Guantanamo Bay?," 29 Sep. 2020 Tensions flared again in 1996 over the sovereignty of the uninhabited islet of Imia, or Kardak in Turkish. Paul Tugwell,, "The Conflicts That Keep Turkey and Greece at Odds," 11 Sep. 2020 This aerial photo shows Ejit, an islet in the Marshall Islands, in 2015. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050, report warns," 10 Sep. 2020 Managers expect to retain 1% of the palms, mainly on islet edges for erosion control. Kenneth R. Weiss, Science | AAAS, "To save this palm-filled paradise, biologists must kill the trees," 27 Aug. 2020 Relocating some of the islet’s rare birds was trickier. Khalil A. Cassimally, Scientific American, "Mauritians Launch Rescue to Save Wildlife from Oil Spill," 21 Aug. 2020 Then, in 2013, another new islet gurgled into existence near Nishinoshima, billowing white clouds of steam as seawater cooled its molten lava, transforming it into new land. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Volcanic Island’s Explosive Growth Creates New Land," 10 July 2020

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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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“Islet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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