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British Dictionary definitions for desert island

desert island

noun
  1. a small remote tropical island
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Historical Examples

  • At first the presence and activities of Prue had added a tang of much-needed spice to this desert-island existence.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • As long as a desert-island book contains certain ingredients, I do not mind if other superfluous matter creeps in.

    If I May

    A. A. Milne

  • I am not saying that a boy would really be happy for long, whether on a desert-island or elsewhere, without his father and mother.

    If I May

    A. A. Milne