- 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
Examples from the Web for isles
Disney-star-turned-'Rizzoli & Isles'-actor Lee Thompson Young died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday.Lee Thompson Young, Star of 'The Famous Jett Jackson,' Commits Suicide
August 19, 2013
But by 1920, American per-capita GDP exceeded that of the British Isles.American Household Gadget Exceptionalism
February 7, 2013
Our nation is in number more than half that of the British Isles.
By one of these we enter, to find ourselves among a hundred isles.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
By far the most tragic fate, however, was that suffered by the British Isles.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
The skiff left the bank, advancing slowly towards the isles.Therese Raquin
But his mission is not in the isles of the West; he establisheth the throne in Zion.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- an island, esp a small one: used in literature and (when cap.) in place names
Word Origin and History for isles
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.