- n. A group of islands off the northwest coast of mainland Europe, comprising Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Man, the Outer Hebrides, the Inner Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands and many other smaller islands. Use may include the Channel Islands, although these are physically closer to mainland Europe.
- n. Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic
“The reason for this measure, Sir Samuel declared, was partly to do with the security of the British Isles and partly to do with old statutes still in force concerning the elimination of slave trading.”
“History of the Insane in the British Isles (London, 1882); CLARK,”
“The folk-lore of the British Isles abounds with quaint beliefs and stories concerning birds.”
“I thought a letter to the Spectator, by one of the Trevelyans, contained a good suggestion with regard to the Queen's title, namely, that it should be "Queen of the British Isles and India," which I think is comprehensive, sufficient, and handsome sounding.”
“According to the usage current in the British Isles the term regalia is almost always employed to denote the insignia of royalty or "crown jewels".”
“According to Bernard Bailyn new settlers included more than 55,000 Protestant Irish, more than 40,000 Scots, and more than 30,000 Englishmen—125,000 from the British Isles alone.”
“It was another landmass, an irregular image not much larger than the British Isles wedged into the corner of the parchment.”
“With immediate effect, we declare a total blockade of the British Isles with the exception of the Irish Free State.”
“At this critical moment Sir Thomas Mulberry discovered the surprising fact that there actually were no working newts or military newts operating on the English side, or at least not officially, as the British Isles were still bound by Sir Samuel”
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