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.

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

isleless, adjective

aisle, I'll, isle. Unabridged
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isle (aɪl)
an island, esp a small one: used in literature and (when cap.) in place names
[C13: from Old French isle, from Latin insula island]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The highest winds ever recorded at sea have whipped around these isles.
And the metropolis is set on jagged isles of alien form in outlandish foaming seas.
And a dream in a sea of doom sets surely the ultimate isles.
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