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[ahyl] /aɪl/
a small island.
any island.
verb (used with object), isled, isling.
to make into or as if into an isle.
to place on or as if on an isle.
Origin of isle
1250-1300; Middle English i(s)le < Old French < Latin īnsula
Related forms
isleless, adjective
Can be confused
aisle, I'll, isle. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for isle
  • The storm is conjured by prospero as his enemies near the isle.
  • Hiccup keeps this book and takes it back to the isle of berk.
  • The high bailiff is the head stipendiary magistrate in the isle of man.
  • The crown has sovereignty over the isle of man and the bailiwicks of jersey and guernsey.
British Dictionary definitions for isle


an island, esp a small one: used in literature and (when cap.) in place names
Word Origin
C13: from Old French isle, from Latin insula island
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Word Origin and History for isle

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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