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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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British Dictionary definitions for isling

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 isling

isle

n.

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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