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Definition of the noun island

What does island mean as a name of something?

Island is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: islands

  1. a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic terms: dry land / earth / ground / land / solid ground / terra firma = the solid part of the earth's surface
    • more specific terms:
    • instances:
      • Anguilla = a British colony in the West Indies
      • Aran Islands = three small islands belonging to Ireland at the entrance to Galway Bay
      • Antigua = the largest of the islands comprising Antigua and Barbuda
      • Barbuda = an island in Antigua and Barbuda
      • Redonda = an island in Antigua and Barbuda
      • Bermudas / Bermuda = a group of islands in the Atlantic off the Carolina coast; British colony
      • Bouvet Island = an island belonging to Norway in the South Atlantic near the Antarctic Circle
      • Montserrat = a volcanic island in the Caribbean
      • Sao Tiago Island = largest of the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean
      • Falkland Islands = a group of over 100 islands in the southern Atlantic off the coast of Argentina
      • Ceylon = an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of India
      • Chiloe = the largest Chilean island and the only one to be settled
      • Formosa / Taiwan = an island in southeastern Asia 100 miles off the coast of mainland China in the South China Sea
      • Nationalist China / Republic of China / Taiwan / China = a government on the island of Taiwan established in 1949 by Chiang Kai-shek after the conquest of mainland China by the Communists led by Mao Zedong
      • Guadalupe Island = a Mexican island in the Pacific to the west of Baja California
      • Netherlands Antilles = a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles just to the north of Venezuela that are administered by The Netherlands
      • Aruba = a popular island resort in the Netherlands Antilles
      • Bonaire = a popular island resort in the Netherlands Antilles
      • Curacao = a popular island resort in the Netherlands Antilles
      • Saba = a island in the Netherlands Antilles that is the top of an extinct volcano
      • Saint Eustatius / St. Eustatius = an island in the Netherlands Antilles
      • Saint Maarten / Saint Martin / St. Maarten / St. Martin = an island in the western Leeward Islands
      • Cuba = the largest island in the West Indies
      • Guadeloupe = an island territory of France located in the eastern West Indies
      • Hispaniola / Haiti / Hayti = an island in the West Indies
      • Puerto Rico / Porto Rico = the smallest and easternmost of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean
      • Culebra = a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico with miles of beautiful beaches
      • Vieques = a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico used for target practice by the United States Navy
      • Jamaica = an island in the West Indies to the south of Cuba and to the west of Haiti
      • Virgin Islands = a group of islands in northeastern West Indies (east of Puerto Rico) discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493
      • Barbados = easternmost of the West Indies about 300 miles to the north of Venezuela
      • Trinidad = an island in West Indies just off the northeastern coast of Venezuela
      • Tobago = island in West Indies
      • Cyprus = an island in the eastern Mediterranean
      • Sjaelland / Seeland / Zealand = the largest island of Denmark and the site of Copenhagen
      • Dominica = a volcanic island in the Windward Islands that was once a stronghold of the Carib Indians
      • Bioko = an island in the Gulf of Guinea that is part of Equatorial Guinea
      • Spitsbergen / Spitzbergen = islands in the Svalbard archipelago to the east of northern Greenland
      • Galapagos Islands / Galapagos = a group of islands in the Pacific off South America; owned by Ecuador
      • Fiji Islands / Fijis = a group of more than 800 islands (100 inhabited) in the southwestern Pacific; larger islands (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) are of volcanic origin surrounded by coral reefs
      • Viti Levu = a volcanic island in the Fijis
      • Vanua Levu = a volcanic island in the Fijis
      • Crete / Kriti = the largest Greek island in the Mediterranean
      • Ithaca / Ithaki = a Greek island to the west of Greece
      • Aegadean Islands / Aegadean Isles / Egadi Islands / Isole Egadi / Aegates = a group of islands off the west coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean
      • Lemnos / Limnos = a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea
      • Capri = an island (part of Campania) in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy
      • Ischia = a volcanic island (part of Campania) in the Tyrrhenian Sea at the north end of the Bay of Naples
      • Sardegna / Sardinia = an island in the Mediterranean to the west of Italy
      • Sicilia / Sicily = the largest island in the Mediterranean
      • Kalaallit Nunaat / Greenland / Gronland = the largest island in the world; lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean
      • Baffin Island = the 5th largest island and the largest island of Arctic Canada
      • Vancouver Island = an island off southwestern Canada
      • Newfoundland = an island in the north Atlantic
      • Cape Breton Island = an island that forms the northeastern part of Nova Scotia
      • Tasmania = an island off the southeastern coast of Australia
      • Norfolk Island = an island territory of Australia in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of Australia
      • Saipan = the largest island in the Northern Marianas and the administrative center of the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in union with the United States
      • Guam / GU = the largest and southernmost island in the Marianas which is administered as a territory of the United States
      • Wake Island / Wake = an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
      • Pleasant Island / Nauru Island / Nauru = a small island in the central Pacific Ocean 2,800 miles to the southwest of Hawaii
      • Kalimantan / Borneo = 3rd largest island in the world; in the western Pacific to the north of Java; largely covered by dense jungle and rain forest
      • Bougainville = the largest of the Solomon Islands
      • Guadalcanal = a mountainous island
      • New Britain = the largest island in the Bismarck Archipelago
      • New Caledonia = an island to the to the east of Australia and to the north of New Zealand
      • New Guinea = a Pacific island to the north of Australia; the 2nd largest island in the world
      • New Ireland = an island in the Bismarck Archipelago
      • Bahrain Island / Bahrein Island / Bahrain / Bahrein = an island in the Persian Gulf
      • British Isles = Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic
      • Great Britain / GB = an island comprising England and Scotland and Wales
      • Emerald Isle / Hibernia / Ireland = an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
      • Channel Island = any of a group of British islands in the English Channel off the northern coast of France
      • Isle of Man / Man = one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea
      • Isle of Skye = an island of northwestern Scotland noted for its rugged mountain scenery
      • Islay = an island of western Scotland at the southern end of the Inner Hebrides
      • Mull = an island in western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides
      • Staffa = an island in western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides to the west of Mull
      • Anglesea Island / Anglesey Island / Anglesea / Anglesey / Mona = an island to the northwest of Wales
      • Java = an island in Indonesia to the south of Borneo
      • Bali = an island in Indonesia to the east of Java; striking volcanic scenery
      • Timor = an island in Indonesia in the Malay Archipelago
      • Sumatra = a mountainous island in western Indonesia
      • Sulawesi / Celebes = a mountainous island in eastern Indonesia
      • Spice Islands / Moluccas = a group of island in eastern Indonesia between Celebes and New Guinea
      • Hokkaido / Yezo / Ezo = the second largest of the four main islands of Japan
      • Honshu / Hondo = the central and largest of the four main islands of Japan; between the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean
      • Kyushu = the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan
      • Shikoku = the smallest of the four main islands of Japan; to the south of Honshu and to the east of Kyushu; separated from Honshu by the Inland Sea
      • Okinawa = the largest island of the central Ryukyu Islands
      • Iwo Jima = the largest of the Volcano Islands of Japan
      • Ile-St-Louis = island in Paris on the Seine
      • Corsica / Corse = an island in the Mediterranean
      • Martinique = an island in the eastern Caribbean in the Windward Islands
      • Faeroe Islands / Faroe Islands / Faeroes / Faroes = a group of 21 volcanic islands in the North Atlantic between Iceland and the Shetland Islands
      • Iceland = a volcanic island in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle
      • Madagascar = an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa
      • Maldive Islands / Maldives = a group of about 1,200 small coral islands (about 220 inhabited) in the Indian ocean
      • Malta = a strategically located island to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea
      • Mauritius = an island in the southwestern Indian Ocean
      • New Zealand Islands / New Zealand = North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific
      • North Island = the smaller but more populous of two main islands of New Zealand
      • South Island = the larger but less populous of two main islands of New Zealand
      • Cebu = one of the Visayan islands of the central Philippines
      • Luzon = the main island of the Philippines
      • Mindanao = the second largest island of the Philippines at the southern end of the archipelago
      • Mindoro = a mountainous island in the central Philippines
      • Visayan Islands / Bisayas = group of islands in the central Philippines
      • Acores / Azores = islands in the Atlantic Ocean belonging to Portugal
      • Madeira = an island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa
      • Saint Christopher / St. Christopher / Saint Kitts / St. Kitts = the largest of the islands comprising Saint Christopher-Nevis
      • Nevis = one of the islands of Saint Christopher-Nevis
      • Sombrero = one of the islands of Saint Christopher-Nevis
      • Saint Lucia / St. Lucia = a volcanic island in the Windward Isles to the south of Martinique
      • Saint Vincent / St. Vincent = an island in the center of the Windward Islands
      • Tahiti = an island in the south Pacific; the most important island in French Polynesia
      • Samoan Islands / Samoa = a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific midway between Hawaii and Australia
      • Principe = an island in the Gulf of Guinea that is part of Sao Tome and Principe
      • Seychelles islands / Seychelles = a group of about 90 islands in the western Indian Ocean to the north of Madagascar
      • Singapore Island / Singapore = an island to the south of the Malay Peninsula
      • Novaya Zemlya / Nova Zembla = two islands in the Arctic Ocean belonging to Russia
      • Majorca = the largest of the Balearic Islands
      • Canary Islands / Canaries = a group of mountainous islands in the Atlantic off the northwest coast of Africa forming Spanish provinces
      • Tenerife = a Spanish island in the Atlantic off the northwestern coast of Africa
      • Zanzibar = an island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa
      • Admiralty Island = an Alaskan island in the Alexander Archipelago near Juneau
      • Catalina Island / Santa Catalina = an island resort in the Pacific off the southwestern coast of California
      • Hawaii Island / Hawaii = the largest and southernmost of the Hawaii islands
      • Kahoolawe Island / Kahoolawe = an island of south-central Hawaii
      • Kauai Island / Kauai = an island of Hawaii to the northwest of Oahu
      • Lanai Island / Lanai = an island of central Hawaii
      • Maui Island / Maui = the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands
      • Molokai Island / Molokai = an island of central Hawaii
      • Nihau Island / Nihau = the most northwestern Hawaiian island
      • Oahu Island / Oahu = an island of central Hawaii
      • Martha's Vineyard = an island summer resort off of Cape Cod
      • Nantucket = an island resort off Cape Cod
      • Bedloe's Island / Liberty Island = an island in New York Bay to the southwest of Manhattan where the Statue of Liberty stands
      • Manhattan Island = an island at the north end of New York Bay where the borough of Manhattan is located
      • Ellis Island = an island in New York Bay that was formerly the principal immigration station for the United States
      • Long Island = an island in southeastern New York
      • Galveston Island = an island at the entrance of Galveston Bay
      • Krakatao / Krakatau / Krakatoa = a small volcanic island in Indonesia between Java and Sumatra
      • New Siberian Islands = a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean to the north of Siberia and to the east of the Laptev Sea
      • islet / isle = a small island
      • Kodiak Island / Kodiak = an island off southern Alaska in the Gulf of Alaska
    • member of: archipelago = a group of many islands in a large body of water
  2. a zone or area resembling an island
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: zone = a locally circumscribed place characterized by some distinctive features
    • more specific terms:


  1. Island a.k.a. Iceland is a Nordic country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. It has a population of 325,671 and an area of 103,000 km², making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík; the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists mainly of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, while many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.
  2. Island is a 6th-class city in McLean County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 435 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Owensboro metropolitan area.
  3. ISLAND was the commercial name given to a construction project previously known as "IYLO" for a residential skyscraper in the London Borough of Croydon, London. The slogan used by the clients Phoenix Logistics and E3 Property International is Inspiration For Life. The building, once finished, will feature 20 floors of apartments and a roof height of 61 metres. The tower is elliptical in plan comprising two equal halves which 'slide' past one another. The architects of the building are Darling Associates Architecture, with a number of other firms working on IYLO including Phoenix Logistics Limited, E3 Property International Ltd., Lancsville Construction Ltd., Jones Lang LaSalle, Matthew Consultants, Macfarlane Wilder, Scott Wilson, Scott Wilson, Cole Jarman Associates, dp9 and Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. The tower is part of the Croydon Vision 2020 regeneration plan for Croydon to add to its goal of being London's Third City. It was due to be completed in Summer 2012.

There are other places with in their name, like Apo Island, Bay Island, Big Island, Bow Island, Cat Island, Cow Island, Das Island, Fox Island, Hog Island, Mud Island, Oak Island, Pig Island, Sea Island, sea-island, Tup Island, Yas Island, Adak Island, Anal Island, Attu Island and Beef Island.


  1. Island was a band formed for the Eurovision Song Contest 1981.
  2. Island is a musical group.
  3. ISLAND is a psychedelic rock band from Chicago.
    • album: "MOTORBOAT"

There are other groups with in their name, like No Island, Fox Island, Camp Island, Drum Island, F.T. Island, Fang Island, Fire Island, Island Jamz, Nöhm Island, Swan Island, Baker Island, candy island, Crash Island, Earth Island, Ellis Island, Island Twins, Shark Island, Snake Island, Zebra Island and Easter Island.


  1. "Island" is an instrumental album by David Arkenstone with Andrew White, released in 1989. It is a departure from Arkenstone's mostly electronic debut album Valley in the Clouds.
  2. "Island" is a studio album by Canadian musician Kenny Wheeler and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, recorded in 2002 and released on Artist House Records in 2003.
  3. "Island" is a musical single of Orinoko.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  4. "Island" is a composition.
  5. "Island" is a musical single of Adrina Thorpe & Roger Shah.
    • released on
  6. "Island" is a musical album of Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson & Current 93.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  7. "Island" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Island" is a musical single of The Cadets & Cadets.
    • released on
  9. "Island" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  10. "Island" is a musical album of Leonid Shinkarenko.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  11. "Island" is a composition, cataloged instance.


  1. "Island" is the final book by English writer Aldous Huxley, published in 1962. It is the account of Will Farnaby, a cynical journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala. Island is Huxley's utopian counterpart to his most famous work, the 1932 novel Brave New World, itself often paired with George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
    • also known as "Island (Chatto Pocket Classics)"; "Island, a novel"
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction
    • subjects: Oceania, Literature, Classics, Literary
    • copyright: 1962
    • released in (54 years ago)
  2. "Island" is a horror novel by American author Richard Laymon, originally published in 1991 by Headline Features. It was reissued in 2002 by Leisure Publishing, with new cover artwork and a foreword by popular suspense novelist Dean Koontz.
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Horror, Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • copyright: 1991
  3. "Island" is a book of short stories by Alistair MacLeod, first published in 2000 by McClelland and Stewart.
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Fiction, Poetry
    • subjects: Canada, Classics, Literature
  4. "Island" is a novel by Jane Rogers, first published in 1999. It is a contemporary novel set on an isolated Scottish island, partly inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest. It uses folk tales and short episodes of brutal psychological realism to describe the mental transformation of an angry young woman.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (17 years ago)
  5. "Island" is a book written by Judy Yung.


  1. "Island" a.k.a. "The Island" is a 2005 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Michael Bay, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. It was released on July 22, 2005, in the United States, and was nominated for three awards, including the Teen Choice Award.
  2. "Island" is a film, directed by Elizabeth Mitchell & Brek Taylor.
  3. "Island" is a 1989 Australian film directed by Paul Cox starring Irene Papas.
  4. "Island" is a 2009 adult documentary film directed by Ryan Sullivan.


Island is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Eddy Raven. It was released in 1990 as the fourth single from the album Temporary Sanity. The song reached #10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was written by Raven and Troy Seals.

Phrases with Island

Phrases starting with the word Island:

  1. Island Fox
  2. island hop
  3. Island Oak
  4. Island Pea
  5. island-hop
  6. Island Goby
  7. Island Jack
  8. Island Maze
  9. Island Broom
  10. island chain
  11. Island Jacks

Phrases ending with the word Island:

  1. Hog Island
  2. Edge Island
  4. maui island
  5. oahu island
  6. rock island
  7. Ross island
  8. coney island
  9. Ghost island

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Island

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Monasticism (2013)

by William M. Johnston

The Island as a Symbol Apart from its obvious isolation, that is, the sea replacing the desert's sand, an island is a complex monastic symbol. An island is cut off from the rest of the world; as such it comprises a microcosm of the earth, and it ...

Google previewThe Road to Hunting Island, South Carolina (1997)

by Nathan Cole

Hunting Island is a barrier island located 16 miles southeast of Beaufort, South Carolina. The island received its name during the Colonial period due to its use as a hunting preserve by the planters of the area. It has been called South ...

Google previewJeju Island Geopark - A Volcanic Wonder of Korea (2013)

by Kyung Sik Woo, Young Kwan Sohn, Seok-Hoon Yoon, Ung San Ahn, Andy Spate

The island is a slightly flattened ellipse, ~70 km in length from south south-west to north north-east, and varying from 30~35 km in width. In addition there are a number of rocky islets just offshore. The east side of Jeju faces Tsushima and ...

Google previewThe Vermonter (1895)

Providence Island is the great resort for excursion parties on Lake Champlain. It is an hour's ride from Burlington, ...

Google previewThe Birdwatcher's Guide to Hawai'i (1996)

by Rick Soehren

Manana Island is the more important of the two islands.

Google previewStatistical Survey of the County of Sligo (1802)

With Observations on the Means of Improvement; Drawn Up in the Year 1801, for the Consideration, and Under the Direction of the Dublin Society by James M'Parlan

Our monastic annals close here ; but from a gentleman, who visited Innismurray in the summer of 1119, we are enabled to give the following description : " This island is a rock rising from the sea with horrid precipices toward the ocean, but ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Symbols (2013)

by J. E. Cirlot

Island A complex symbol embracing several different meanings. According to Jung, the island is the refuge from the menacing assault of the 'sea' of the unconscious, or, in other words, it is the synthesis of the consciousness and the will (33).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disasters (2007)

Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies by Angus Macleod Gunn

Kau, Hawaii, earthquake April 3, 1868 The epicenter was on the south coast of Hawaii, known as the Big Island An earthquake of magnitude 7.9, the biggest ever, hit the island of Hawaii. The earthquake caused enormous damage in Hawaii ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (Island 1973) , Gold Dust: Live At The ...

Google previewAsian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia (2015)

An Encyclopedia by Huping Ling, Allan W. Austin

The Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay was opened in 1910 to help handle the heavy flow of immigrants from Asian countries into the United States. By the time it closed in 1940, more than 1 million newcomers to the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2 Volume Set (2010)

by John Anthony McGuckin

Orthodoxy in Cyprus flourished for several centuries aftenrvards but, starting from the 7th century, the island experienced multiple invasions of Islamic Arabs. Towards the end of the 7th century Emperor Justinian II had to evacuate the Orthodox ...

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Quotes about Island

We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance. (John Archibald Wheeler)
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Scrabble value of I1S1L1A1N1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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