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

Definition of islet

1 : a little island

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Examples of islet in a Sentence

landed the boat on a tiny islet that we had all to ourselves
Recent Examples on the Web One takes you to your private islet, edged with radiating piers and overwater bungalows. Becca Hensley, Travel + Leisure, 26 Dec. 2021 The coast guard said 90 people — 52 men, 11 women and 27 children — were rescued overnight and early Friday from a rocky islet near the remote island of Antikythera. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2021 Earlier, 11 people were confirmed dead after a sailboat struck a rocky islet some 235 kilometers (145 miles) south of Athens, near the island of Antikythera, on Thursday. Derek Gatopoulos, ajc, 25 Dec. 2021 Paradise just got more perfect with the opening of French Polynesia's newest private island, Motu Nao Nao, a 75-acre motu (reef islet) brimming with South Pacific splendor. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 13 Dec. 2021 His goal was to turn them into islet cells to treat patients. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2021 The video was shot by public broadcaster TVBC at the far end of Fongafale, the main islet of the capital Funafuti, a government official said. Reuters, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 On the sixth, more distant islet, recolonization took longer, and the eventual number of resident species was lower—more confirmation. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 The islet was originally 0.62 miles and is now half its size. Naomi Ludlow, USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of islet

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2022

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“Islet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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