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desert island

noun
1.
a small remote tropical island
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  • I tied myself strongly to it with my turban, in hopes that next morning she would carry me with her out of this desert island.

  • Are you going to maroon me on a desert island, or are you taking me to Germany?

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • If this were only a desert island now, how easy everything would be!

    The Wilderness Trail Frank Williams
  • Why at Hargrave to be sure, giving warning here, on this desert island.

    Yr Ynys Unyg Julia de Winton
  • We are beginning to lose faith in the delightful romances of our youth, and to realize what a desert island is.

    In the Footprints of the Padres Charles Warren Stoddard
Contemporary definitions for desert island
noun

an isolated tropical island with few or no inhabitants

Examples

The best thing about the first season of "Lost" was seeing how the castaways survived on a desert island.

a remote uninhabited tropical island; also written deserted island

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A desert island is written about as a place where individuals or small groups of people find themselves marooned or castaway, cut off from civilization.

Word Origin

1607

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