Definition of isle in English:


Line breaks: isle
Pronunciation: /ʌɪl


chiefly literary
An island or peninsula, especially a small one: Crusoe’s fabled isle [in place names]: the British Isles
More example sentences
  • This house is set on the side of a low wooded hill overlooking Lough Gill and the lake isle of Innisfree.
  • There are the Bikini Islanders, a gentle people who consider the tiny isle their home.
  • As my thinking cap is keeping me positive, the emerald isle moves me.


Middle English ile, from Old French, from Latin insula. The spelling with s (also in 15th-century French) is influenced by Latin.

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