Definition of off-island in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôfˈīlənd/

Entry from US English dictionary


Away from an island.
Example sentences
  • This was the reinvention of home-powered, homegrown coffee, mostly produced for large mills on the island, or shipped off-island to mills in Honolulu.
  • An official of the Labour Department said, ‘an investigation was carried out and is currently on hold because he is off-island.’
  • Although he is off-island on vacation the release said he had commented on the project.


An island off the shore of a larger or central island.
Example sentences
  • After a few days on the off-islands of the Scillies, you return to the main island, St Mary's, with something of a bump.


Located on or coming from an island off the shore of a larger island.
Example sentences
  • City officials had already made agreements to ship their garbage to landfills in four off-island locations.
  • All residents of the community, which includes anybody living in a giant radius of off-island towns, can apply to live in subsidized housing anywhere within the region.
  • Among the measures agreed at Thursday's board meeting were flexible use of waiting list funding, an end to non-statutory training and non-essential off-island travel.



Example sentences
  • City planners have figured that we can stem the tide of city-dwellers to the ‘burbs by making off-islanders spend a good chunk of their lifespan sitting motionless in their car.
  • Many off-islanders fished from the island in the summer, an arrangement that well-suited island buyers and merchants.
  • However, the kinship ties between off-islanders and residents continue to be strong.

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Syllabification: off-is·land

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