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[ahy-luh n-der] /ˈaɪ lən dər/
a native or inhabitant of an island.
Origin of islander
First recorded in 1540-50; island + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Fejee islander might assert his God to be good, but would that make you love him?

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It is not everybody who lives on an island that is an islander.

  • The young Laird has attempted what no islander perhaps ever thought on.

  • Then this man is now piloting the islander through this channel?

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • If the islander had been within a mile of us we could have heard the clang of her screw.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • "We should be sure to get there before the islander," I added.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • All the forenoon passed away without a sight of the islander.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • But it runs just as fast for the islander as it does for the Sylvania.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • I did not care to tow the islander against the swift current.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for islander


a native or inhabitant of an island
(capital) (NZ) a native or inhabitant of the Pacific Islands
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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