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noun British Dialect.
  1. a small island, especially in a river.
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Also eyot.

Origin of ait

before 900; Middle English eyt, Old English ȳgett, diminutive of ieg, īg island, cognate with Middle Low German ō, ōge, ou(we), Old High German ouwa, Old Norse ey. See island
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Related Words for aits

islet, isle, ait

Examples from the Web for aits

Historical Examples of aits

  • The surface of the river is broken by numerous little "aits" or islands.

    England, Picturesque and Descriptive

    Joel Cook

  • It grew pease in the 96, and aits, good Angus aits, in the 97.

  • But indeed Tom always talked of our (p. 139) buiks as if they had been as regular products of the soil as our aits and our birks.

  • Ye may as weel look for a white corby as beef in my pantry, or aits in my barn.

  • "A graund field o' barley," he says, and as sure as a 'm stannin' here, it wes the haugh field o' aits.'

British Dictionary definitions for aits



  1. dialect an islet, esp in a river
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Word Origin for ait

Old English ӯgett small island, from ieg island
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