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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Others, like Upper Sargent Pond, have islets that can be explored and even camped on, using the canoes on hand. Zach Montague, New York Times, "An Adirondack Wilderness All Your Own," 22 July 2019 Off the northeast coast of the North Island, the tribe manages Zealandia’s mirror image: a steep but beautiful rocky islet called Mauitaha, which may be the world’s only rat sanctuary. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia Built along a small islet, or motu, the overwater bungalows at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora rise over the island’s turquoise waters, doling out views of the colossal Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Beautiful Overwater Bungalows Around the World," 13 June 2019 Japan, which claims ownership over the islets, protested to South Korea for firing warning shots over Japanese airspace. Fox News, "Russia confirms joint air patrol with China after South Korea claims airspace violation," 24 July 2019 Others, such as the Kermadec petrel and white-bellied storm petrel, found on surrounding islets, may return on their own—providing this summer's campaign can end the centurylong reign of the rats. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect," 5 June 2019 The government issued an environmental report in March that recommended dropping by helicopter 2,917 pounds of poisoned food pellets on the 10 rocky islands and islets known as the South Farallon Islands. Peter Fimrite,, "U.S. wildlife agency pulls plan to poison mice on Farallon Islands — for now," 10 July 2019 Some lost species, including the phasmid, have subsequently been rediscovered on surrounding islets. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect," 5 June 2019 But Spain presides over more than 60 islands, a mix of virgin nature reserves, uninhabited islets, and honeymoon-worthy oases—and most fly completely under the radar. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spain’s Secret Islands," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of islet

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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