[ ahy-luh nd ]
/ ˈaɪ lənd /


verb (used with object)



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Origin of island

before 900; Middle English iland, Old English īgland, īland, variant of īegland, equivalent to īeg island (cognate with Old Norse ey) + land land; spelling with -s- by association with isle


is·land·ish, is·land·like, adjectiveis·land·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for islands (1 of 2)

/ (ˈaɪləndz) /

pl n

the Islands NZ the islands of the South Pacific

British Dictionary definitions for islands (2 of 2)

/ (ˈaɪlənd) /


a mass of land that is surrounded by water and is smaller than a continent
anatomy a part, structure, or group of cells distinct in constitution from its immediate surroundingsRelated adjective: insular

verb (tr) rare

to cause to become an island
to intersperse with islands
to place on an island; insulate; isolate

Derived forms of island

island-like, adjective

Word Origin for island

Old English īgland, from īg island + land; s inserted through influence of isle
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Medical definitions for islands

[ īlənd ]


An isolated tissue or group of cells that is separated from the surrounding tissues by a groove or is marked by a difference in structure or function.
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Scientific definitions for islands

[ īlənd ]

A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
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