Meaning of “island” in the English Dictionary

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"island" in British English

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islandnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈaɪ.lənd/ us /ˈaɪ.lənd/

A2 a piece of land completely surrounded by water:

a desert island
a Pacific island
They live on the large Japanese island of Hokkaido.
an island of peace, calm, sanity, etc.

a particular place that is peaceful, calm, etc., when other surrounding places are the opposite

UK →  traffic island

More examples

  • These remote islands are inhabited only by birds and small animals.
  • We stayed on one of the lesser-known Greek islands.
  • I dream of living on a tropical island.
  • The west of the island is famous for the irregularity of its coastline.
  • He lives on an island off the coast of Scotland, but travels to the mainland once a month.

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

"island" in American English

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islandnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɑɪ·lənd/

a piece of land completely surrounded by water:

Manhattan is an island.

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