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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 isles
  • 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.
  • The sun poured its rays upon these isles and this sea, rejoicing in its fair children.
  • And a dream in a sea of doom sets surely the ultimate isles.
British Dictionary definitions for isles

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 isles
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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