[ ahyl ]
/ aɪl /


a small island.
any island.

verb (used with object), isled, isl·ing.

to make into or as if into an isle.
to place on or as if on an isle.

Origin of isle

1250–1300; Middle English i(s)le < Old French < Latin īnsula

Related forms

isle·less, adjective

Can be confused

aisle I'll isle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for isle


/ (aɪl) /


an island, esp a small one: used in literature and (when cap.) in place names

Word Origin for isle

C13: from Old French isle, from Latin insula island
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