[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. islands council,
  2. islands of langerhans,
  3. islands of the blessed,
  4. islas canarias,
  5. islay,
  6. isle of capri,
  7. isle of dogs,
  8. isle of man,
  9. isle of pines,
  10. isle of sheppey

Origin of isle

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

Related formsisle·less, adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for isling


/ (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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Word Origin and History for isling



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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