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[sis-uh-lee] /ˈsɪs ə li/
an island in the Mediterranean, constituting a region of Italy, and separated from the SW tip of the mainland by the Strait of Messina: largest island in the Mediterranean. 9924 sq. mi. (25,705 sq. km).
Capital: Palermo.
Italian Sicilia.
Ancient Sicilia, Trinacria.
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[si-sil-yuh n, -sil-ee-uh n] /sɪˈsɪl yən, -ˈsɪl i ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Besides visiting Italy he explored Sicily, and kept a journal of his tour.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • What was the name of the dangerous neighbors of the Greeks in Sicily?

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • Hermione's eyes were attracted to it, and again her imagination carried her to Sicily.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • He loved you on the first day in Sicily, and he loved you on the last.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • There was something in her that ever turned towards the Sicily she had never seen.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for Sicily


the largest island in the Mediterranean, separated from the tip of SW Italy by the Strait of Messina: administratively an autonomous region of Italy; settled by Phoenicians, Greeks, and Carthaginians before the Roman conquest of 241 bc; under Normans (12th–13th centuries); formed the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies with Naples in 1815; mountainous and volcanic. Capital: Palermo. Pop: 4 972 124 (2003 est). Area: 25 460 sq km (9830 sq miles) Latin names Sicilia, Trinacria Italian name Sicilia
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Word Origin and History for Sicily

island off the southwest tip of Italy, from Latin Sicilia, from Greek Sikelia, from Sikeloi (plural) "Sicilians," from the name of an ancient people living along the Tiber, whence part of them emigrated to the island that was thereafter named for them. The Greeks distinguished Sikeliotes "a Greek colonist in Sicily" from Sikelos "a native Sicilian." Related: Sicilian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Sicily in Culture

Sicily definition

Island in southern Italy on the Mediterranean Sea, separated from the Italian mainland by the narrow Strait of Messina. Its capital is Palermo.

Note: It is the largest Mediterranean island.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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