Definition of archipelago in English:

archipelago

Line breaks: archi|pel¦ago
Pronunciation: /ˌɑːkɪˈpɛləgəʊ
 
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noun (plural archipelagos or archipelagoes)

  • 1An extensive group of islands: the Indonesian archipelago
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A sea or stretch of water having many islands.
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    • Their preferred habitat is the annual sea ice over the continental shelf and inter-island archipelagos that encircle the polar basin.
    • This is a fascinating archipelago at the southern end of the Red Sea.

Origin

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 general sense arose because the Aegean Sea is notable for its large numbers of islands.

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