- An area of land totally surrounded by water.
- An entity surrounded by other entities that are very different from itself.
Etymology: ÄÄland. The S was added by confusion with French isle, which is not related but is instead from Latin insula. Cognate with German Aue, "water-meadow", and Latin aqua. Compare German Eiland, Old Norse eyland, and English ey as in Anglesey, Bardsey, Ely.
- an island of tranquility (a calm place surrounded by a noisy environment)
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