Definition of archipelago in English:
noun (plural archipelagos or archipelagoes)
- Within the country, a distinction is made between the capital of Nassau on New Providence Island and the out islands of the archipelago.
- There are 13 main islands in the archipelago, plus four islets and some 40 outcrops of jagged rocks.
- No, we live on a chain of islands, an archipelago, not a continent.
Early 16th century: from Italian arcipelago, from Greek arkhi- 'chief' + pelagos 'sea'. The word was originally used as a proper name (the Archipelago 'the Aegean Sea'): the generalization of meaning occurred because the Aegean Sea is remarkable for its large numbers of islands.
- British & World English dictionary
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