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islandnoun [C]

us   /ˈɑɪ·lənd/
a piece of land completely surrounded by water: Manhattan is an island.
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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

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Translations of “island”
in Korean 섬…
in Arabic جَزيْرة…
in Malaysian pulau, pulau pembahagi lalu lintas…
in French île, refuge…
in Russian остров…
in Chinese (Traditional) 島,島嶼, 交通島,安全島…
in Italian isola…
in Turkish ada…
in Polish wyspa…
in Spanish isla, isla de peatones…
in Vietnamese hòn đảo, chỗ đứng tránh của người đi bộ…
in Portuguese ilha…
in Thai เกาะ, เกาะกลางถนน…
in German die Insel, die Verkehrsinsel…
in Catalan illa…
in Japanese 島…
in Chinese (Simplified) 岛,岛屿, 交通岛,安全岛…
in Indonesian pulau, jalur tengah…
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