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[ahy-lit] /ˈaɪ lɪt/
a very small island.
Anatomy. situated in or pertaining to the islet of Langerhans:
islet cells.
Origin of islet
1530-40; < Middle French islette. See isle, -et
Related forms
isleted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Hassim and Immada would come down to the coast and wait for him on the islet.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • They were on the upper extremity of the islet, while I was approaching it from below.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • The yacht lost way rapidly, and lay quite still with the islet exactly abeam, half a mile off, as the captain had calculated.

    The Diva's Ruby F. Marion Crawford
  • Hund shuddered at the thought, as it recalled what he had seen and heard at the islet.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • It was found, apparently gregarious, under dead leaves in an islet in Trinity Bay.

  • Of course I said to Vogel islet,—at least as far as Vogel islet.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • One evening he stopped at an islet in Lake Hielmar for the night.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • It looked to him as like a wall as any other rock about the islet.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • The channel was unobstructed; and not an island, islet, or rock, was visible.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • The feat was performed,—the islet was not to him inaccessible.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for islet


a small island
Word Origin
C16: from Old French islette; see isle
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Word Origin and History for islet

1530s, from Middle French islette (Modern French îlette), diminutive of isle (see isle).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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islet in Medicine

islet is·let (ī'lĭt)
A small island.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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