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isle

[ahyl] /aɪl/
noun
1.
a small island.
2.
any island.
verb (used with object), isled, isling.
3.
to make into or as if into an isle.
4.
to place on or as if on an isle.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English i(s)le < Old French < Latin īnsula
Related forms
isleless, adjective
Can be confused
aisle, I'll, isle.
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Examples 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

isle

/aɪl/
noun
1.
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
isle
late 13c., from O.Fr. ile, earlier isle, from L. insula "island," of uncertain origin, perhaps from fem. of adj. *en-salos "in the sea," from salum "sea." The -s- was restored first in M.Fr., then in Eng. in the late 1500s. Dim. form islet is first recorded 1530s, from M.Fr. islette.
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