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isle

[ahyl]
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noun
  1. a small island.
  2. any island.
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verb (used with object), isled, isl·ing.
  1. to make into or as if into an isle.
  2. to place on or as if on an isle.
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Origin of isle

1250–1300; Middle English i(s)le < Old French < Latin īnsula
Related formsisle·less, adjective
Can be confusedaisle I'll isle
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British Dictionary definitions for isles

isle

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

C13: from Old French isle, from Latin insula island
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Word Origin and History for isles

isle

n.

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.

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