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[ahys-luh nd] /ˈaɪs lənd/
a large island in the N Atlantic between Greenland and Scandinavia. 39,698 sq. mi. (102,820 sq. km).
a republic including this island and several smaller islands: formerly Danish; independent since 1944.
Capital: Reykjavik.
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[ahys-lan-der, -luh n-der] /ˈaɪsˌlæn dər, -lən dər/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • This refers to his swimming match with Kiarten the icelander, in which the king was beaten.

  • The manager is an icelander, who has one assistant only, who keeps the books.

    A Girl's Ride in Iceland Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • There is no doubt that it was collected in Iceland, and by an icelander.

  • Taking an icelander, by the name of Holm, as his guide, he entered Lapland.

    Louis Philippe John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Here the boat was lying, bales of furs for English shipment ready stowed, an icelander waiting to cast off the last rope.

    Menotah Ernest G. Henham
  • For the same reason the icelander differs from the Greenlander.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • She had lately lost her husband, an icelander, though she herself was a foreigner, as her speech might tell.

    The Bondman Hall Caine
  • Signing to Snorri to open the door he left the booth, the icelander following.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • The icelander was a good composer, but filled with curious ideas about Icelandic independence.

    Ten Years Near the German Frontier Maurice Francis Egan
  • It was called in ancient days Gare-fowl, and was the Geirfugl of the icelander.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
British Dictionary definitions for icelander


/ˈaɪsˌlændə; ˈaɪsləndə/
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Iceland


an island republic in the N Atlantic, regarded as part of Europe: settled by Norsemen, who established a legislative assembly in 930; under Danish rule (1380–1918); gained independence in 1918 and became a republic in 1944; contains large areas of glaciers, snowfields, and lava beds with many volcanoes and hot springs (the chief source of domestic heat); inhabited chiefly along the SW coast. The economy is based largely on fishing and tourism. Official language: Icelandic. Official religion: Evangelical Lutheran. Currency: króna. Capital: Reykjavik. Pop: 315 281 (2013 est). Area: 102 828 sq km (39 702 sq miles)
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icelander in Culture

Iceland definition

Island republic in the north Atlantic Ocean, just south of the Arctic Circle, west of Norway and southeast of Greenland. Its capital and largest city is Reykjavik.

Note: Iceland proclaimed its independence from Denmark in 1944.
Note: It is a member of NATO.
Note: A unique combination of glaciers and plate tectonics has resulted in an unusual land surface, dominated by a rugged coastline, hot springs, geysers, and volcanoes.
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