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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An island, especially a small one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An island.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See aisle.
  • n. An island.
  • n. A spot within another of a different color, as upon the wings of some insects.
  • transitive v. To cause to become an island, or like an island; to surround or encompass; to island.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An island.
  • n. In entomology, same as islet, 2.
  • To cause to become or appear like an isle; insulate; island.
  • To dwell on an isle.
  • n. An old spelling of aisle.
  • n. A hot coal; an ember: usually in the plural.
  • a short platform, generally protected by posts, placed in the middle of a busy street as a convenience and a temporary stopping-place in crossing the street and as a place of safety in avoiding passing vehicles. Also called refuge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small island


Middle English ile, from Old French isle, from Vulgar Latin *īsula, from Latin īnsula.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French isle, from Latin insula (Wiktionary)



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  • An aisle is a narrow passageway, especially in a church or store; an isle is an island.
    Paul Brians. “Aisle/Isle”. Common Errors in English Usage

    January 24, 2011

  • You friendly Earth, how far do you go,
    With the wheat fields that nod and the rivers that flow,
    With cities and gardens and cliffs and isles,
    And the people upon you for thousands of miles?

    - William Brighty Rands, 'The Wonderful World'.

    November 17, 2008