Definition of “desert island” - English Dictionary


“desert island” in English

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desert islandnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdez.ət ˈaɪ.lənd/ us /ˌdez.ɚt ˈaɪ.lənd/

Examples from literature

  • All this by a fugitive pursued by savage pirates on a desert island! 
  • Meanwhile, the faithful are like men shipwrecked on a desert island without a priest among them. 
  • This pamphlet describes eight years of a castaway's life on a desert island. 
  • To die without friends on a desert island, horrible! 
  • Was it on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean or in the Indian Ocean? 

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