Meaning of “castaway” in the English Dictionary

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"castaway" in British English

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castawaynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɑː.stə.weɪ/ us /ˈkæs.tə.weɪ/

Examples from literature

  • Evidently, if the castaway had ever been civilized, isolation had made him a savage, a real creature of the woods. 
  • From time to time the castaways would stop and call, listening for an answering voice from the ocean. 
  • How could the castaways have supported life in this desolate region for several months? 
  • The castaways had been thrown, not upon a continent, but upon an island not more than two miles long, and of inconsiderable breadth. 
  • The ship which thus appeared before the castaways had long "tramped" the ocean, wandering from one port to another as freights offered. 

(Definition of “castaway” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"castaway" in American English

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castawaynoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæst·əˌweɪ/

a person who has escaped from a ship that has sunk and managed to get to an island or country where there are few or no other people

(Definition of “castaway” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)