of these articles describes the isle as an island form, for the place of the same name in Böhmi Switzerland, sees Ostrov u Tisé and for the utopia of the same name of Aldous Huxley isle (novel).

Isle one calls a very small island.

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Etymologie and word history

“isle” is the friesische word for “island” (see. English Iceland, niederl. isle). The word has its origin either from the old north. Word ey for “island” or of the altfriesischen word egg for “water”. The altfriesische word for “isle” was eyland or alond. In the centralNetherlands one said heylant or eylant. The central down German had several words and/or. Discussions for this: elant, eilant, einlant, eiglant or olant. Another centraldown-German word for island was och, oie or oge. The medium high German knew the word ouwe for “water, (half) island” or “watered meadow country”, from which itself the word outer one developed.

In 17. Century took over the standard German the word “isle” from Niederdeut. The way of writing at that time was still “Eyland”. Only by the orthographic conference of 1876 the way of writing was officially changed.

Today the term is considered in many places as “outdated” or “poetically”. The term is no longer frequent actually so in the high-German linguistic usage.


another word for “small island” is cross-beam (see. Stockholm), which likewise comes from Niederdeut. The pommerische name for (small) island is Oie (see. Greifswalder Oie). The word “Oie” possesses a common origin with that fries. oog and dän. Ø.

related words

  • crowds (small Inselgruppe)
  • Cayos (Spanish)
  • Motu (Polynesian)
  • Isle


the term “isle” clearly one did not define. One cannot say thus, how large an isle may be at the most. Most isles are not large over 100 km ². There are however also islands over 1.000 km ² is large and which one calls nevertheless isle. Crucial thereby also the situation/the country is. On the Färöer - the border is appropriate for islands between “island “and” cross-beam “with approximately 0.7 km ².

see also

Wiktionary: Isle - word origin, synonyms and translations

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