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An island or peninsula, especially a small one:‘Crusoe's fabled isle’[in place names] ‘the British Isles’
- ‘Suffice to say some people on this fair isle have no sense of humour.’
- ‘As my thinking cap is keeping me positive, the emerald isle moves me.’
- ‘There are the Bikini Islanders, a gentle people who consider the tiny isle their home.’
- ‘Land of beaches, hills and valleys, fairest isle of all the earth.’
- ‘This house is set on the side of a low wooded hill overlooking Lough Gill and the lake isle of Innisfree.’
Middle English ile, from Old French, from Latin insula. The spelling with s (also in 15th-century French) is influenced by Latin.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.