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

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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Start the day early on a long-tail boat and savor your breakfast in the center of one of these towering karsts, kayak through mangroves, and hop around to the nearby islets. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Skip Phuket and Koh Samui—Go to This Island in Thailand Instead," 23 May 2019 Walk down to El Paseo de la Princesa, which leads to the Paseo del Morro, a pedestrian path that runs along the edge of the islet to Castillo del Morro. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 Last month, a Greek coast guard vessel was rammed by a Turkish patrol boat off disputed islets in the east Aegean, and Turkish warships prevented an exploratory gas rig from drilling near Cyprus. Washington Post, "Turkish court rejects request for Greek soldiers’ release," 5 Mar. 2018 Earlier this month, two six-rotor drones began lacing North Seymour and a nearby islet with rat poison. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Dropping Poison on Rats in the Galápagos," 24 Jan. 2019 China has territorial disputes with several neighboring countries in the nearby seas, mostly over small, uninhabited islets and reefs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Buying Giant Attack Hovercraft From Russia," 24 Dec. 2015 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

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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 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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