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See also: i land and i-land




From Middle English iland, yland, from Old English īġland, īeġland (island). Cognate with Scots iland, yland (island). More at island.


iland (plural ilands)

  1. Obsolete form of island.
    • 1624, John Donne, “17. Meditation”, in Deuotions upon Emergent Occasions, and Seuerall Steps in My Sicknes: [], London: Printed by A[ugustine] M[atthews] for Thomas Iones, OCLC 55189476, lines 2–3; republished as Geoffrey Keynes, John Sparrow, editor, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions: [], Cambridge: At the University Press, 1923, OCLC 459265555, page 98:
      No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; []
    • 1790, Tobias George Smollett, The Critical review, or, Annals of literature:
      This vast iland seems to have been first peopled by Fins and Laplanders, whom Ihre thinks the first inhabitants of the whole.
    • 1858, Thomas Wright, La mort d'Arthure:
      [] and there came against him king Marsill, that had in gift an iland of sir Galahalt the haute prince, and this iland had the name Pomitaine.