- a small island.
- any island.
- to make into or as if into an isle.
- to place on or as if on an isle.
Origin of isle
Related Words for islepeninsula, reef, archipelago, enclave, islet, isle, sanctuary, bar, shelter, retreat, key, haven, refuge, atoll, cay, ait
Examples from the Web for isle
Contemporary Examples of isle
Lest you forget our planet has a molten core, this volatile Italian isle will set you straight.It’s a Big, Big World: Sights That Make You Feel Small
December 24, 2013
He was living on his own in a comfortable apartment on the Isle St Louis.Baudelaire’s Femme Fatale Muse
May 7, 2013
Cyprus is nicknamed the Isle of Love because it is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite.What Bailout? Six Reasons to Love Cyprus
March 18, 2013
A trio played a series of golden oldies—“Moon River,” “The Isle of Capri,” and “Over the Rainbow.”Richard Nixon’s 100th Birthday Draws Kissinger & Others to Schmaltzy Bash
January 10, 2013
For the United States, in the face of this revolutionary uncertainty, Israel remains an isle of democratic stability.Tzipi Livni: US-Israeli Relationship Should Transcend Partisan Politics
August 21, 2012
Historical Examples of isle
They were Europeans, and their earliest home had been in the Isle of Crete.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The scene of Turkish cruelty was now transferred to the isle of Crete.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Upon an isle not far from home they hid the young wolf pups.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
Ahead the northeast headland of the Isle of Sheppey was bulking large and near.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The Manx cat came from the Isle of Man originally, and is a distinct breed.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
- an island, esp a small one: used in literature and (when cap.) in place names
Word Origin for isle
Word Origin and History for isle
late 13c., from Old French ile, earlier isle, from Latin insula "island," of uncertain origin, perhaps (as the Ancients guessed) from in salo "(that which is) in the sea," from ablative of salum "the open sea." The -s- was restored first in French, then in English in the late 1500s.