island

The Correct spelling is: island

Common misspellings of the word island are:

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  • n.
    1. (Abbr. Isl. or Is. or I.) A land mass, especially one smaller than a continent, entirely surrounded by water.
    2. Something resembling an island, especially in being isolated or surrounded, as:
      1. An unattached kitchen counter providing easy access from all sides.
      2. A raised curbed area, often used to delineate rows of parking spaces or lanes of traffic.
      3. The superstructure of a ship, especially an aircraft carrier.
    3. Anatomy. A cluster of cells differing in structure or function from the cells constituting the surrounding tissue.
    tr.v., -land·ed, -land·ing, -lands.

    To make into or as if into an island; insulate: a secluded mansion, islanded by shrubbery and fences.

    [Alteration (influenced by ISLE) of Middle English ilond, from Old English Ä«egland : Ä«g, Ä«eg + land, land.]

    WORD HISTORY   It may seem hard to believe, but Latin aqua, “water,” is related to island, which originally meant “watery land.” Aqua comes almost unchanged from Indo-European *akwā-, “water.” *Akwā- became *ahwō- in Germanic by Grimm's Law and other sound changes. To this was built the adjective *ahwjō–, “watery.” This then evolved to *awwjō– or *auwi–, which in pre-English became *Ä“aj–, and finally Ä“g or Ä«eg in Old English. Island, spelled iland, first appears in Old English in King Alfred's translation of Boethius about A.D. 888; the spellings igland and ealond appear in contemporary documents. The s in island is due to a mistaken etymology, confusing the etymologically correct English iland with French isle. Isle comes ultimately from Latin Ä«nsula “island,” a component of paenÄ«nsula, “almost-island,” whence our peninsula.


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